Land Beyond Maps won
Finalist, 2010 Lambda Literary Foundation, Lesbian Debut Fiction
Winner, 2009 New Mexico Book Award, Gay/Lesbian
Finalist, 2009 New Mexico Book Award, Historical Fiction
Winner, 2010 Arizona Book Publishing Award, Gay/Lesbian
Finalist, 2010 Arizona Book Publishing Award, Multicultural
Finalist, 2010 Golden Crown Literary Society, Dramatic/General Fiction
Winner, 2000 Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Full-Length Lesbian/Gay Historical Fiction Competition
Maida Tilchen won Honorable Mention, 2007 Astraea Foundation Lesbian Writers Award, Fiction.
"Crafts a mosaic of women's journeys to achieve their dreams as artists, naturalists, and entrepreneurs ... quickly moving... creates a vivid, realistic picture of life in Santa Fe and on the reservation." --New Mexico Magazine, April, 2009
"Readers interested in American history, Southwest and Native American cultures, and women's history will find much to enjoy while reading Land beyond Maps." --Reading New Mexico, by Victoria Erhart, 02/09
"Deserves to be a Finalist for the Debut Fiction Lammy...every person we meet is interesting...offers relief from the fears about money and survival that are not unlike those most of us feel today." --Lesbian News, Los Angeles, May, 2010
Land Beyond Maps tells of midlife lesbians and their friends in Santa Fe and the Navajolands through the boom and bust of 1929, closely based on the true story of a landscape photographer Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), who is considered America's most distinguished woman landscape photographer.
Ambitious archaeologists, zealous missionaries, quietly forceful Navajo women, and overeager tourists intensify this fast-paced story.
Based on extensive research, Land Beyond Maps is a novel of women's history, travel, biography, and adventure, drawing the reader into the lives of women who find new adventures, new careers, and new passions later in life. It depicts a romantic era not previously portrayed in contemporary fiction, despite the current interest in books about the Southwest and women's history.
As one reader described it, "Instead of frolicking about adobe mansions, we sleep in the straw of a stable loft and work in a modest photographer's studio. We see the tourist trade from behind the wheel of a tourbus, and we labor in the dirt in a low status vis-à-vis archaeologists from the Eastern Ivy schools."
Ann Bannon, author of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, described Land Beyond Maps: "A time-the early 20th Century; and a place-the American Southwest-cast a net of enchantment around an intriguing cast. Here is fiercely shielded Navajo treasure, the interweaving of distant cultures, religious hellfire, and all the delicate and explosive power of forbidden love. Historical characters move through the rooms of story to mingle with the singular humans whom Maida Tilchen infuses with vivid life. Spellbinding people, enmeshed in the stark beauty of a Land Beyond Maps."
"Maida Tilchen's wonderful debut novel reads like an exciting adventure story of the early twentieth century West, but has at its core a moving and vital reclamation of an all but forgotten feminist past that startles us with its emotional vibrancy and deeply felt commitment to historical truth. The women characters live and breathe on every page. This is the heart of Tilchen's vision: the uncovering and documentation of a forgotten woman's world of love and bonding that exists within and far beyond this historical moment." -- Michael Bronski, author of Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps
"Land Beyond Maps joins a deep knowledge of New Mexico's landscape and history with the story of women who act against the cultural restraints of their time" -Summer Wood, author of "Arroyo"
"Knows and lovingly portrays the locales. With some homage to Willa Cather, this book takes its place in the literature of the Southwest." -- Miriam Sagan, author of "Map of the Lost"
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Published February 7, 2009
by Savvy Press, Inc. Salem, NY.
History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography.