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The Ghost of Milagro Creek
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The story of Ignacia Vigil Romero, a full Jacarilla Apache, and the two boys, Mister and Tomas, she raised to adulthood unfolds in a barrio of Taos, New Mexico--a mixed community of Native Americans, Hispanics, and whites. Now deceased, Ignacia, a curandera--a medicine woman, though some say a witch--begins this tale of star-crossed lovers. Mister and Tomas, best friends until their late teens, both fall for Rocky, a gringa of some mystery, a girl Tomas takes for himself. But in a moment of despair, a pledge between the young men leads to murder. When Ignacia falls silent, police reports, witness statements, and caseworker interviews draw an electrifying portrait of a troubled community and of the vulnerable players in this mounting tragedy. Set in a terrain that becomes a character in its own right, The Ghost of Milagro Creek brilliantly illuminates this hidden corner of American society.
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"Though the moment on which The Ghost of Milagro Creek turns happens fairly early on, we'd rather not spoil it, mostly because Sumner so immediately brings her characters to life that when it happens, it's devastating . . . [Ghost of Milagro Creek] simmers with metaphysical tension." --Time Out Chicago

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