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Coyote Heart Paperback – April 17, 2009
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A graceful story of love and redemption, Coyote Heart is a gift for all of us who grapple to understand the complexities of relationships. --Patricia Santana, author of Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility and Ghosts of El Grullo
With Coyote Heart, Paula Margulies uses lyrical, yet restrained prose to take us into a world where the usual definitions will not fit where the personal and the political, even the human and the animal, become increasingly difficult to differentiate. This novel bravely explores the difference between a relationship that bends and one that breaks; it even suggests that a healed fracture is stronger than what was originally whole. --Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment, The Bewildered, and The Unsettling
Redemption is a destination we all hope to reach. Coyote Heart takes us on a wonderful journey, crossing cultural boundaries, toward that great human place. --Mark Trahant, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Pictures of Our Nobler Selves a history of Native Americans in media
About the Author
Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. She has received numerous awards for her short stories and novels, and her essays have been published in a number of professional journals and magazines. She has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. Margulies resides in San Diego, California, with her husband and two teenagers.
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The meeting between Carolyn and Roy - when Carolyn just outside the library entrance, turns into the driveway and accidentally hits a dog - is portrayed innocently and gracefully, but leads the reader to confront the near dissolution of a family and its consequences. The lost dog recovers and Roy agree to adopt it, providing Carolyn with the opportunity to meet for a second time at Roy's house on the reservation.
As Carolyn and Roy's relationship develops and blossoms, despite the objections of Roy's son, Luke, Margulies skillfully illuminates the internal and external conflicts that rise up and leads the reader to an exciting and bittersweet resolution, one that is filled with hope and tears, as is often the case in life.
I am more than a little fascinated by Marguiles's description of the diversity of horticulture and wild life that habitat the desert and canyons of Southern California, her knowledge of Native American culture and myths, and her delving into the text of the Luiseno language, which is expertly translated into English.
Coyote Heart is an excellent story - one that you shall remember, and wish to read, again and again, like Anna Karenina.
I had to pace myself as I read this first book by author Paula Margulies, as I vacillated between the urge to race through the pages to learn what happened next, and the urge to linger over each poetically charged descriptive word. The tension between these two urges is the hallmark of inspired storytelling and superb craft. Amidst this lush prose landscape Margulies unveils a cast of challenging characters struggling to make sense out of the difficult circumstances of each of their lives. Their actions, or inaction, naturally arise from who they are, although at times I wished they might have acted differently towards one another, within the context of their personalities and circumstances.
Paula is a great story teller who keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good story which keeps you guessing right up to the end!