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Based on the real life of Edith Warner, who ran a tearoom at Otowi Crossing, just below Los Alamos, The Woman at Otowi Crossing is the story of Helen Chalmer, a person in tune with her adopted environment and her neighbors in the nearby Indian pueblo and also a friend of the first atomic scientists. The secret evolution of atomic research is a counterpoint to her psychic development.In keeping with its tradition of allowing the best of its list to thrive, Ohio University Press/Swallow Press is particularly proud to reissue The Woman at Otowi Crossing by best-selling author Frank Waters. This new edition features an introduction by Professor Thomas J. Lyon and a foreword by the author's widow, Barbara Waters.The story is quintessential Waters: a parable for the potentially destructive materialism of the mid-twentieth century. The antidote is Helen Chalmer's ability to understand a deeper truth of her being; beyond the Western notion of selfhood, beyond the sense of a personality distinct from the rest, she experiences a new and wider awareness.The basis for an opera of the same name, The Woman at Otowi Crossing is the powerful story of the crossing of cultures and lives: a fable for our times.
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This reissued classic by one of the Southwest's finest writers tells the story of Helen Chalmers and her psychic and physical connections to the secret development of the atomic bomb. Helen's spiritual journey, based on the life of Edith Warner, begins the day that she discovers she has cancer. Because of the psychic powers that she gradually harnesses, she becomes a myth. Helen evolves into the Woman at Otowi Crossing--called "witch" by the Mexicans--who predicts events and thus changes the outlook of those in charge of nuclear testing. An assertion of spirit over matter takes place within her. This serves as a metaphor for the disastrous cosmic possibilities inherent in the misuse of the atom's energy. At Helen's death, the metaphor changes to the atom's radiance as a potential maker of worlds. --Susan SwartwoutAbout the Author:
Frank Waters (1902-1995) was one of the greatest writers to come out of the American West. He wrote fiction, history, anthropology, and biography, often with a deep spiritual dimension drawn from his experience with the myth and religion of the native people of the Southwest.
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Book Description Oh Univ Press, 1981. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0804004153
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0804004153