Melinda Popham Skywater

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Skywater

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This spare and affecting novel has the precision and the stinging sweetness of a fable... a wonderful book.Thomas McGuane Evoking a rich sense of place and animal behavior, (Popham) lets us see through very different eyes.The Seattle Times A parable of making the best of a world short of everything. The people and the creatures of Pophams fable are right, they belong, and they mean.Wallace Stegner Refreshing... life-affirming... the first book Ive read in a long time that left me with teary eyes at the end.The San Diego Tribune

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Melinda Worth Popham was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and lives in Los Angeles, California, and New Haven, Connecticut. She was the recipient of a NEA grant and was the first winner of the Edward Abbey Eco-Fiction Award. The California State Senate has honored her outstanding literary achievement advocating environmental conservation, preservation and enhancement. Skywater is her second novel.

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Popham's second novel examines that much misunderstood breed, the coyote, and its desolate yet enchanting habitat. After the water sources in their home terrain have become contaminated, a motley crew of coyotes led by "Brand X" journey to find Skywater (the ocean), only to discover that it is undrinkable. The main human characters are an elderly couple distraught because they must now turn away the coyotes from their contaminated water tank. Some of the prose is quite beautiful, as hot and arid as the terrain being described; yet the novel is hampered by its central "voice," or point of view--that of the coyotes themselves. This highly anthropomorphized perspective is less than convincing; the thoughts and reasoning of the coyotes often seem more like those of concerned environmentalists than wild desert creatures. The author's message is well taken, so it is unfortunate that she chose such an awkward and unworkable "vehicle" to carry it forth.
- Jessica Grim, Univ. of California Lib., Berkeley
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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