The Last Cheater's Waltz

Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest

By Ellen Meloy
(University of Arizona Press, Paperback, 9780816521531, 225pp.)

Publication Date: November 2000

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In this abundant space and isolation, the energy lords extract their bounty of natural resources, and the curators of mass destruction once mined their egregious weapons and reckless acts. It is a land of absolutes, of passion and indifference, lush textures and inscrutable tensions. Here violence can push beauty to the edge of a razor blade. . . . Thus Ellen Meloy describes a corner of desert hard by the San Juan River in southeastern Utah, a place long forsaken as implausible and impassable, of little use or valuea place that she calls home. Despite twenty years of carefully nurtured intimacy with this red-rock landscape, Meloy finds herself, one sunbaked morning, staring down at a dead lizard floating in her coffee and feeling suddenly unmoored. What follows is a quest that is both physical and spiritual, a search for home.




About the Author
Ellen Meloy (1946-2004) is the recipient of a 1997 Whiting Award and, previously, a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for her book "Raven's Exile" (Owl Books). Meloy lived in southeastern Utah.
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