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The Desert Remains

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  3 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
When Ruby McCullough comes home to the family ranch for her mother's funeral, Daniel Stewart hopes to finally become Ruby's lover--or walk away forever. Instead, Daniel descends into the McCulloughs' vortex of secrecy, betrayal, transgression, and cathartic revelation.

Against a vivid, gritty backdrop of modern ranch life a mystery unfolds. On horseback, Ruby and Daniel sea
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by University of New Mexico Press
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Full disclosure: The author of this book was a friend in high school, where we shared a lab table in a concentrated physics class. It's also interesting that neither Charles nor I ended up working in a physics-related career.

This is a powerful story infused with piercing sadness. The strongest character is not a person. It's the mountainous desert itself; its effect on the shaping of the characters is inseparable from their natures.

The story is also about the troubled family dynamics brought to
May 28, 2009 mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of the west & lovers of love
Picture this ... A working horse ranch in Northern New Mexico, mid-1970's; a middle aged married couple; a son & a daughter (siblings); and three ranch hands - a Native Indian, a transient hippie, and a college student from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Five males, two females - isolated in the Land of Enchantment. That's not gonna work, do ya think?

The five men all get along, they have many common characteristics. They love the land--big and bold, with beautiful colalt skies
Sep 21, 2016 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: new-mexico, southwest
Northern New Mexico setting. Romance more than mystery but also with a bit of intrique. Setting a strong feature. A little too much hyperbole in the writing style for my liking but caveat: I am not a fan of romance genre, especially not romance written by a male with all the chauvinistic baggage.
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