A collection of short stories, some about rites of passage, the others, tales of people at a crossroads; seekers and troubled souls, finding compassion in themselves or others, or for some, finding it nowhere.
“The Mind Is Its Own Place,” is a story which delves into the politics of race and land, of outsiders finding one another in a community separated by generational hatred and biases.
Three other stories set in contemporary Las Vegas, detail the lives of people who struggle to free themselves from self-imposed prisons of limitation.
“Car Tag” tells of the reunion of two estranged brothers coming together on the day their third brother is to be executed.
Events in each story force the various narrators to face, or reinterpret the realities of their lives. Those realities are as different as the Southwest’s ways of life in the mid-twentieth century.
In the backdrop of these tales is the harsh landscape, or the urban world of the desert Southwest. These are tough, honest stories about believable people and situations-stories true to the environment that helped create them.