“Highly recommended... Bitter Springs is a wonderful depiction of a lost period of gay life and history in the rural West of the 1800s.” —American Library Association, GLBT Roundtable
In 1870s Texas, Renaldo Valle Santos, the youngest son of a large and traditional family, has been sent to train with Henry “Hank” Burnett, a freed slave and talented mesteñero—or horse-catcher—so he may continue the family horse trade. Bitter Springs is a sweeping epic that takes themes from traditional Mexican literature and Old Westerns to tell the story of a man coming into his own and realizing his destiny lies in the wild open spaces with the man who loves him, far from expectations of society.
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About the Author
A life-long fangirl, Laura Stone began telling elaborate stories to her parents at the age of four; she was so successful in catching her parent's attention that her father actually dislocated his back, trying not to sit on her imaginary cat. (She and her father have made amends. Doka, a beautiful grey Tabby, ran off shortly after the near-tragedy to work in a gumball factory and married Mike Cooper, his longtime love.) She was finally able to devote her energy to writing full-time after several years of acting, studying Microbiology, becoming a Master Gardener, and raising children. They're not fully raised, but then, neither is she. She lives in Texas as proof that it's not completely populated by hard-line right wingers. And because that's where the good tamales are.