The Woman at Otowi Crossing: A Novel

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Ohio University Press, 1987 - Fiction - 314 pages
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Based on the real life of Edith Warner, who ran a tearoom at Otowi Crossing, just below Los Alamos, The Woman at Otowi Crossing is the story of Helen Chalmer, a person in tune with her adopted environment and her neighbors in the nearby Indian pueblo and also a friend of the first atomic scientists. The secret evolution of atomic research is a counterpoint to her psychic development.In keeping with its tradition of allowing the best of its list to thrive, Ohio University Press/Swallow Press is particularly proud to reissue The Woman at Otowi Crossing by best-selling author Frank Waters. This new edition features an introduction by Professor Thomas J. Lyon and a foreword by the author's widow, Barbara Waters.The story is quintessential Waters: a parable for the potentially destructive materialism of the mid-twentieth century. The antidote is Helen Chalmer's ability to understand a deeper truth of her being; beyond the Western notion of selfhood, beyond the sense of a personality distinct from the rest, she experiences a new and wider awareness.The basis for an opera of the same name, The Woman at Otowi Crossing is the powerful story of the crossing of cultures and lives: a fable for our times.

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User Review  - Steve Hicks - Goodreads

Great spin on the early days of Las Alamos, NM. Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Mitchell - Goodreads

One of the benefits of reading The Woman At Otowi Crossing was that I was forced to admit that not only am I woefully ignorant about the American Southwest, but there is a ton of history, religion ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Frank Waters (1902-1995) was one of the greatest writers to come out of the American West. He wrote fiction, history, anthropology, and biography, often with a deep spiritual dimension drawn from his experience with the myth and religion of the native people of the Southwest.

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