Perdido by Rick Collignon

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Madewell Brown walked into the village on a hot, dry day in 1946. A solitary black man, with one arm longer than the other, he had never found a place for himself. Never, that is, until he had painted his own history on the interior walls of his adobe house in Guadalupe. Fifty years later, Will Sawyer's truck runs out of gas, and as he walks that same long road back into town he knows it's best to keep his eyes on the ground. But he doesn't understand the town's long history of displacement, or the difficulty of truly fitting in here, until he hears the story of the dead girl found hanging from Las Manos Bridge. In this sad and poignantly humorous novel, Collignon returns to the same magical town he first introduced in The Journal of Antonio Montoya. Once again mixing present and past, living and dead, he delivers a forthright and unflinching examination of race, belonging, and identity.

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Rick Collignon is the author of three prior novels: The Journal of Antonio Montoya, Perdido, and ASanto in the Image of Cristbal Garca. Originally from the Chicago area, he has lived in northern New Mexico for more than 30 years. Author photo by Laura Shields.
Published July 1, 1997 by MacAdam/Cage. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Will Sawyer, the protagonist of this nimble and endearing novel, has lived in the New Mexican town of Guadalupe (the setting of Collington's well-received debut, The Journal of Antonio Montoya) for ne

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