THE ROADS AROUND PERDIDO
By Joseph M. Ferguson, Jr.
A collection of ten related fictional stories set largely in the American Southwest from mid-twentieth century to the present. On the Cover: “Forgotten City,” mixed media by Sandra Lea Quinlan.
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Set largely in the American Southwest, ten related stories, when read in order, add up to a cumulative whole which lends dimension to each of its parts. Although the introductory story begins with a spirit of youthful adventure, it ends in an awareness of human mortality, an undertone which never entirely disappears throughout. Contemporary political, social and economic discord is also apparent, and comes to a climax in the penultimate story, “Report on the Hadleyburg Renaissance,” which is almost left out by the wavering protagonist who pens it, and who appears, in one place or another, in each of the stories. Includes Readers Guide.
Born in Kentucky, Joseph M. Ferguson, Jr. grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he received an M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico. He taught English Composition for twelve years at a number of colleges, but then became a traveling “bookman” for a number of textbook publishers, covering the Mountain West. His short stories have appeared in numerous journals, and a first collection, The Summerfield Stories, was published in 1985 by Texas Christian University Press. For fifty-two years he was married to Holly Merki, a planetary geologist who served on the Viking and Voyager space projects. Together they raised three sons. A widower now, he is retired back “home” in New Mexico, while admitting he has resided in eleven different states—“one at a time, however,” he hastens to add.
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