The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain

The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain

by Don Waters

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The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain by Don Waters


Master storyteller Don Waters returns to the desert in his third book set in the American Southwest. With the gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor and emotional delicacy of Raymond Carver, these nine contemporary stories deftly explore the lives of characters losing or clinging to a fleeting faith and struggling to find something meaningful to believe in beneath overpowering desert skies.

Soldiers, seekers, priests, prisoners, and surfers pursue their fate amid bizarre, sometimes overwhelming circumstances. In “La Luz de Jesús,” a gutless Los Angeles screenwriter, a believer in nothing but the god of Hollywood, must reorient after he encounters a group of penitents in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The decorated soldier in “Española” faces more chaos back home than he did during his tour in Iraq. And “The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain” pairs a “trustee” prison inmate and a wild mustang horse, both wards of the state of Nevada, as they fumble toward a spiritual truth.

These stories capture the spirit of a region and its people. Once again Waters assembles an unconventional cast of characters, capturing their foibles and imperfections, and always rendering them with compassion as these modern-day martyrs and spiritually haunted survivors strive for some kind of redemption.

Ingenious, sometimes forbidding, often absurd, and altogether original, The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain is a stirring tribute to the lives, loves, and hopes of the faithful and the dispossessed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943859290
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 05/22/2017
Edition description: 1
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author


Don Waters is the author of Sunland and Desert Gothic, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction has been widely published and anthologized in the Pushcart Prize, Best of the West, and New Stories from the Southwest. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Outside. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
 

Table of Contents

The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain 3

Last Rites 30

Española 58

La Luz de Jesús 89

Deborah 119

Two Kinds of Temples 129

Day of the Dead 140

Full of Days 163

Todos Santos 184

Acknowledgments 207

About the Author 209

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