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There's Something in the Back Yard Paperback – November 24, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
As this quirky modern fable begins, George Binns, laid-back English professor in Flagstaff, Ariz., finds what seems to be a masked Hopi Indian, with painted torso and feather-tipped staff, performing rituals in his backyard. Is this silent figure a kachina , or ancestral spirit, as local Hopis believe? Is it instead a flesh-and-blood Indian impersonator of a spirit, a prankster--or a tenure-crazed anthropologist? This enigma is only one of Binns's worries. His bitter wife, a transplanted New Yorker like himself, is a heavy drinker whom his cooing girlfriend keeps pressuring him to leave; and his best friend, who's involved with his wife, is dying of cancer, a tragedy that seems to have been presaged by the kachina 's sudden appearance. This debut novel is a haunting, seductive, original story that grips the heart and the imagination as it counterposes the rootlessness and alienation from nature of the white characters to the Indians' powerlessness in the prevailing American culture. Snodgrass interweaves his own sardonic, modernized retellings of Hopi legends into his tale of marital woe.
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About the Author
Richard Snodgrass lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Marty, and the irrepressible Tim The Cat. Over the years he has worked as a janitor, news monitor, warehouseman, editor, high-rise construction inspector, freelance writer and photographer; he currently operates a Pittsburgh-based PR, advertising, and creative services firm, Snodgrass Industries, Inc. Richard’s first novel, THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE BACK YARD, was published by Viking Press in 1989 to critical acclaim. His short stories and essays have appeared in the New England Review and Bread Loaf Quarterly, South Dakota Review, California Review, and elsewhere. An accomplished fine art photographer, Richard’s photographs are in private and museum collections across the country. His grants and fellowships include: Artist in Residence, LightWorks, University of Syracuse; Artist in Residence, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico; and a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
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