Coyote Morning: A Novel

Coyote Morning: A Novel

by Lisa Lenard-Cook
     
 

One spring morning Alison Lomez watches her daughter, Rachel, wait for the school bus in front of their house when she sees a coyote trot up to the seven-year-old and sit down. This encounter between species is the first of many in Lisa Lenard-Cook's novel of life in Valle Bosque, New Mexico. The village is only a short commute from Albuquerque, but it is home to a…  See more details below

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One spring morning Alison Lomez watches her daughter, Rachel, wait for the school bus in front of their house when she sees a coyote trot up to the seven-year-old and sit down. This encounter between species is the first of many in Lisa Lenard-Cook's novel of life in Valle Bosque, New Mexico. The village is only a short commute from Albuquerque, but it is home to a healthy population of these adaptable canines as well as a contentious group of humans who disagree vigorously on how to deal with their wild neighbors. Lisa Lenard-Cook introduces us to coyote supporters, coyote haters, and an animal control agent who secretly practices a "catch and release" program.

Anyone who lives in the twenty-first-century West will recognize Lenard-Cook's sharp-eyed portrait of the edgy space between farms and suburbs, old timers and newcomers. But her witty send-up of the environmental issues that vex refugees from city life serves as a powerful and serious means of examining the ways human beings cope with life's mysteries and its inevitable dangers. The complex relations between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters that make up the daily lives of Lenard-Cook's characters will make readers reflect on their own lives and relationship to wildness.

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Library Journal
When a coyote sits down next to her seven-year-old daughter, Rachel, at the school bus stop, Alison Lomez is understandably concerned. The residents of Valle Bosque, NM, are struggling with the proper response to the increased sightings of the animals; opinions vary from peaceful coexistence to shooting on sight. In her second novel (after Dissonance), Lenard-Cook manages to cover all sides of this debate without coming across as preachy. Her method of conveying the varying viewpoints through letters to the editor of the local newspaper is a bit clumsy, however. Few of the missives seem likely to be published as written, and some of the correspondents are stereotypical: the gun-toting hick with bad grammar and the wise, nature-loving Native American, for example. Lenard-Cook's rather pedestrian prose provides too much exposition of her primary characters' emotions and psychology without letting us draw our own conclusions. However, Rachel's closing narration of each chapter is effective; the child becomes the novel's most compelling character. For regional collections.-Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826334664
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
08/25/2004
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x (h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Lenard-Cook lives in Corrales, New Mexico. Dissonance, her first novel, won the Jim Sagel/Red Crane Books Prize for the Novel in 2001.

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