Sandra Ramos O'Briant Reads from her award-winning novel
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Taos, SOMOS Salon at 233-D
Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Sunday, 09/29/2013 3:00 pm
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW,
The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood won First Place at the the 15th annual International Latino Book Awards, 2013 in two categories: Best Historical Fiction and Best First Book.
Merchants have always loved the Santa Fe Trail. The Mexican-American War was fought to gain more land, but it was also about controlling trade, and that meant controlling Santa Fe: it was the first foreign capital captured by the U.S. An unbelievable influx of men occurred, but nary a word has been written about how that affected the New Mexican women. Until now. The war is the backdrop for the Sandoval sisters' individual coming-of-age stories in which they cope with racism, sexism, political intrigue and the power of superstition in that time and place.
“sizzling . . . a delightful historical romp set in New Mexico . . . fits into literary space created by Anaya's timeless Bless Me, Ultima." La Bloga
"An outstanding family saga." Historical Novel Review and History and Women
"Woven among the stories of love and life is eroticism, mystery, witchcraft, folktales, superstition, political intrigue, corruption, and violence. Told with a fluid style that grabs you from the first page and leaves you hungry for more at the end." Dr. Michele Shaul*, Co-Editor of the e-journal Label Me Latina/o
“The author excellently interweaves much history of the United States and Mexico during that time. The book is written with great skill and talent. One of the top 10 Latino Books, 2012.” The Latino Author
"This story of love, mysticism and betrayal tests the ultimate boundaries of sisterhood. I loved this brave, lushly written tale of life in old Santa Fe." Jill Smolinski, author of Objects of My Affection
Sandra Ramos O’Briant grew up in Santa Fe and spent summers in Texas, but calls Los Angeles her home now. She was an executive recruiter in Beverly Hills before beginning her writing career. Her short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. A complete list is here.