Red Weather

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University of Arizona Press, Nov 1, 2012 - Fiction - 190 pages
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This trip wasn’t about her, her need to escape. She had been too young when it happened. Too young to understand what could be worth risking everything for. Even now they seemed naïve, foolish in their belief that anything could change. They had tried to save a generation. If she couldn’t save them, she might find a way to finish their story.   Neva Greene is seeking answers.   The daughter of American Indian activists, Neva hasn’t seen or heard from her parents since they vanished a decade earlier, after planning an act of resistance that went terribly wrong. Discovering a long-overlooked clue to their disappearance, Neva follows their trail to Central America, leaving behind an uncaring husband, an estranged brother, and a life of lukewarm commitments.   Determined to solve the mystery of her parents’ disappearance, Neva finds work teaching English in the capital city of tiny Coatepeque, a country torn by its government’s escalating war on its Indigenous population. As the violence and political unrest grow around her, Neva meets a man whose tenderness toward her seems to contradict his shadowy political connections.   Against the backdrop of Central American politics, this suspenseful first novel from award-winning poet Janet McAdams explores an important chapter in American Indian history. Through finely drawn, compelling characters and lucidly beautiful prose, Red Weather explores the journey from loss to possibility, from the secrets of the past to the longings of the present.
 

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Contents

1 Autobus Esmarelda
1
2 Ciudad Coatepeque
5
3 The Central Plaza
9
4 Atlanta
13
5 The Indian Wars
18
6 Dauphin Island
26
7 The International
35
8 The Yellow House
42
14 The Madres Office
86
15 Red Weather
96
16 The Courtyard of the Yellow House
105
17 If Lightning Was Desire
110
18 The Rainy Season
122
19 The Heart of the World
134
20 Shifting Ground
138
21 Limbo
147

9 The Farm
47
10 El Puerto del Diablo
53
11 Zona Rosa
64
12 The Indian Summer
72
13 Burning the Letters
81
22 The Talladega Forest
156
23 Before and After
166
24 The Border
172
Acknowledgments
181
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Janet McAdams is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry at Kenyon College. She is the author of two collections of poetry, including The Island of Lost Luggage, also published by the University of Arizona Press, which won the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and the American Book Award. She is the founding editor of the Earthworks book series from Salt Publishing, which focuses on indigenous poetry.

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