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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First novelist Gadol sets his fantastical romantic adventure in a southwestern desert--quickly establishing a labored metaphor for the difficulty of making love flourish and grow. His young hero and narrator, orphaned Coyote Gato, guides pilgrims to a local ashram, informing them of the local lore (some of which he makes up). Agreeing to help Madeleine Nash, an investigative reporter interested in mysterious Guru B, the reclusive head of the ashram, Gato accompanies her into the community and begins to discover its secrets, which include group sex, violence, misguided finances and a purloined meteorite. Outside the ashram, meanwhile, Gato learns that his old friend Frog is Madeleine's former lover, and that both are related to Gato's former lover James (Gato is in his own words ``sexually ambidextrous''). Coyote's complex but strangely uncompelling story reaches its explosive climax in a cartoonish twist. While there's an openness and freshness to Gadol's tone, particularly in his level-headed appreciation of individual sexualities, the simplicity and innocence of his views gradually begin to feel both disingenuous and naive. Likewise, though youthfully exuberant and eager to please, his story fails to charm or convince. (June)
Library Journal
Young Gadol's first novel is certainly promising. Coyote Gado is a desert knockabout who picks up extra cash directing pilgrims to a southwestern ashram whose growth threatens a local village. He hooks up with a woman newswriter who has come to investigate the ashram, its aged guru, and the woman who controls him, following along as she unravels the mysteries of the place and himself playing a key role in unraveling exterior mysteries. Desert and Eastern mysticisms clash, as do personal ambition and unsettled amours. There is little dramatic tension to propel the story, but the loping narrative is saved by the optimistic naivete of narrator Coyote. An interesting debut.-- Timothy L. Zindel, Hastings Coll. of the Law, San Francisco
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517575499
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/26/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 311

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