The Ghost of Milagro Creek

The Ghost of Milagro Creek

by Melanie Sumner

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Overview

"Devastating . . . [Ghost of Milagro Creek] simmers with metaphysical tension."—Time Out Chicago

The story of Ignacia Vigil Romero, a full Jacarilla Apache, and the two boys, Mister and Tomás, she raised to adulthood unfolds in a barrio of Taos, New Mexico—a mixed community of Native Americans, Hispanics, and whites. Now deceased, Ignacia, a curandera—a medicine woman, though some say a witch—begins this tale of star-crossed lovers.

Mister and Tomás, best friends until their late teens, both fall for Rocky, a gringa of some mystery, a girl Tomás takes for himself. But in a moment of despair, a pledge between the young men leads to murder. When Ignacia falls silent, police reports, witness statements, and caseworker interviews draw an electrifying portrait of a troubled community and of the vulnerable players in this mounting tragedy. Set in a terrain that becomes a character in its own right, The Ghost of Milagro Creek brilliantly illuminates this hidden corner of American society. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565129177
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Series: Algonquin Round Table Mysteries
Pages: 267
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Melanie Sumner is the author of The School of Beauty and Charm, a novel, and Polite Society, stories. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned her MFA from Boston University and was the recipient of a Whiting award in fiction in 1995. She currently lives in Rome, Georgia, and teaches creative writing at Kennesaw State University.

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