The Southwest of the twenty-first century is full of surprises, and so is this collection of southwestern short stories published between 2007 and 2011. The writers represented here remind us that this is not the “Old Southwest” of gunfighters and sagebrush but, instead, a place of rock collectors, palm readers, and Russian mail-order brides. Well-known authors like Sallie Bingham, Ron Carlson, Laura Furman, and Dagoberto Gilb are joined here by exciting newcomers Eddie Chuculate, Don Waters, Claire Vaye Watkins, and others.
Edited by D. Seth Horton and Brett Garcia Myhren
Praise for Road to Nowhere and Other New Stories from the Southwest:
“In this book the Southwest emerges as a region dominated by short, intercut ‘sights’ rather than John Ford or Park Service panoramas. The views of the Southwest presented here are fleeting glances–a San Diego neighborhood glimpsed from a freeway on-ramp, a baby’s cry heard in the desert night, freshly graded roads to subdivisions that don’t yet exist. These stories force the Southwest to face itself in a future neither tourists nor locals could have foretold.”
– Phillip Round, author of The Impossible Land: Story and Place in California’s Imperial Valley
“The wise, tough depictions of these unforgettable roads to ruin will cause you surprise–and gratitude. The characters here are true creatures of the desert making their way through the Middle of Nowhere to Nowhere, through the dry river beds, the dry lake beds and wastelands, and to the irredeemable places of ghosts and gun culture. Always desiring to leave, they resolve to stay, to be damaged and to cause damage. They find no shelter from the truth of their choices, past and present. Reading this fine anthology is like traveling under the searing, purifying Southwest sky. ‘Why have I come?’ you will ask, and ‘Why would I ever leave?”
– Kevin McIlvoy, author of The Complete History of New Mexico: Stories