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Soyala: Daughter of the Desert (Paperback)
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Based on the archaeological and anthropological record, this story is a vivid and convincing drama depicting the lives of a small clan of ancient puebloans of northern New Mexico. It is set in the thirteenth century, long before Europeans reached the Southwest. The narrative is fresh, alive and fast-paced. The prose is highly polished and readable. Its strong, finely-drawn characters come to life showing us how they faced the challenges of climate, landscape, and survival. The themes of birth, death, love, hope, courage, fear, suffering and endurance ring true. It's as though the hundreds of years separating their experience from ours disappear. Based on the archaeological record and inspired by what it known about an actual pueblo, it feels incredibly authentic. This multi-generational story explores native American pre-history and the ancient puebloans as they set off on a great migration toward better lives.
About the Author
Cindy Burkart Maynard has extensive experience teaching and writing about history and the natural world. She is the author of two previous nonfiction works about the Colorado Plateau and the desert Southwest. Her first historical novel, Anastasia's Book of Days, is set in what is now Southwest Germany in the seventeenth century. Based on the purported diaries of Anastasia Burkart, the author's great-great grandmother, the story reflects the momentous changes sweeping across her beloved Black Forest homeland. Soyala: Daughter of the Desesrt is the author's most recent historical fiction. In this novel she spreads her wings to weave a compelling, dramatic story based on the pre-history of the desert Southwest. She currently lives in Longmont, Colorado.