K'Atsina: A Novel of Rebellion

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A Jesuit priest, Augustin finds his faith crumbling in the face of the brutal repression of the church Inquisition, his forbidden love for Antonia, the daughter of a wealthy Mexican family, and the growing spirit of revolt among the pueblo people.

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Lana Moeller Harrigan holds a Ph. D. in Romance Languages. A linguist in Portuguese and Spanish, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Lisbon and has lived and traveled extensively in Luso-Hispanic speaking countries. She is an expert on the history and culture of the Colonial Southwest and lectures frequently on those subjects. A member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West, Harrigan is the author of two historical novels, Ácoma, A Novel of Conquest, and K'atsina, A Novel of Rebellion, and is currently at work on the third novel of her trilogy on Spanish Colonial New Mexico. In addition to writing, Dr. Harrigan serves as a study leader for the Smithsonian Institution's tours to Spain, Portugal, and the US Southwest, lecturing on Iberian and Southwestern history, culture and literature.

Language was fundamental to Harrigan's career. Exposed for the first time to Spanish during a trip to Mexico at the age of ten, Harrigan determined at that time to study languages in college. Her interest in language and other cultures drew the author to New Mexico and ultimately led her to research and write the story of the Hispanic conquest of the Southwest. Harrigan's study of paleography along with her background in Spanish and Portuguese allows her to read the sixteenth and seventeenth century historical manuscripts in the original archaic Spanish as one part of the extensive research for her novels. Harrigan's frequent travels in the Iberian Peninsula as well as in Mexico and South America serve as another source for her research. Harrigan divides her time between her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Casa Dichosa, a large old house on the Sea of Cortez in San Carlos, Mexico, which she and her husband, and faithful dog, Gordita, have remodeled and where she holds writers' retreats.

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Though he is born on the White Rock, home of the Acoma Indians, and is skilled in all the rituals of the Acoma, and though his grandfather, Rohona, is respected, Augustin knows he will never be accepted in the tribe. His mother was not Acoma but Spanish, one of Nuevo Mexico's hated conquerors. Recognizing his grandson's outcast status, Rohona sends him to the Jesuit school in Mexico City, where Augustin excels and eventually becomes the tutor to the de Salvatierra family. He risks his reputation to save bright, eager Antonia from an arranged marriage, fleeing with her to the White Rock, where history repeats itself with his son Aurelio. In this sequel to Acoma (LJ 8/97) Harrigan vividly evokes the turmoil of a Mexico torn apart by rapacious conquistadors and marauding Apaches, but characters are introduced and dismissed with such rapidity they seem to exist only to further the action. Momentous decisions and key events are robbed of their impact by a lack of development. Recommended only for local collections.?Cynthia Johnson, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, MA
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