This story of the conflicts between humans and coyotes reminds us to reflect on our relationship with the natural world.
Library JournalWhen 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.
- University of New Mexico Press
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