Letters from the Horse Latitudes

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Texas Christian University Press, Oct 6, 2008 - Fiction - 204 pages
In the "horse latitudes" of the Gulf of Mexico, that zone where periods of high pressure keep winds away, becalmed sailors sometimes tossed the horses overboard to conserve water. In these unapologetically traditional and realistic stories, characters find themselves in circumstances which demand similar difficult and undesirable acts.

Because the stories are set in the Southwest and Mexico, from about 1920 through 1990, they often hinge on the suspicions, antagonism, and ignorance that the region's different cultures, races, and classes bear against each other.

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These stories by Smith (Buffalo Nickel, 1989, etc.) set in the southwestern US and Mexico evoke their steamy setting ably, but they won't make readers sizzle. Smith has a strong command of traditional ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

C. W. Smith is an accomplished factionalist whose vision rings true and whose characters are familiar in the best sense of the word. Author of several novels, including Purple Hearts, this is his first collection of short stories.

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