The Ghost of Milagro Creek

By Melanie Sumner
Shannon Ravenel Books, Paperback, 9781565129177, 267pp.

Publication Date: July 2010

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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.

About the Author
Melanie Sumner is the author of "The School of Beauty and Charm", a novel, and "Polite Society", stories. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned her MFA from Boston University and was the recipient of a Whiting award in fiction in 1995. She currently lives in Rome, Georgia, and teaches creative writing at Kennesaw State University.
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