Arroyo by Summer Wood
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Blink-and-you-miss-it Los Fuegos, New Mexico, is the setting for this fierce, funny, and heartbreaking debut novel. When Willie Lee Woolston first comes to town, she's hitchhiking through in the back of a pickup. Five years later she returns to find a place to hide out from the ghosts of her past. A blues singer with a buried voice and flame-red hair, Willie Lee is drawn to the hidden music of this dusty mining town, and here her dreams mingle with those of the townspeople--a family that lives in a boxcar; a pair of too-young lovers; a man who summons his brother by playing the accordion; and Chavela, a woman who makes her realize that sometimes love chooses us. When an accident at the mine threatens disaster, they all come together in a night of terrible beauty. Cinematic and lyrical, Arroyo is a deeply moving and ultimately hopeful book by the most distinctive Southwestern voice since Barbara Kingsolver.

About Summer Wood

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Summer Wood lives with her family in the mountains of northern New Mexico, where she makes a living designing and building small houses. This is her first novel.
Published June 1, 2001 by Chronicle Books. 300 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Arroyo High School’s Performing Arts Department was proud to open Seussical the Musical as a sold-out show.

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After Denny had been beat down again and again by Zoë’s maternal grandparents and was on the verge of signing the custody papers, Enzo knew this is not what Denny wanted: Denny never gave up hope.

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