Fiction. At first he decided to devote his life to finding her killer. The novel opens with a "summary abstract" outlining a tale of tragedy, betrayal, and redemption. The story is subsequently revealed through the notebook entries of a young scientist from San Diego, and the diaries of a visionary, but ill-fated, Oaxacan girl, with whom he falls in love and marries. Her unexplained death and his resulting grief send him into a crucible of madness. His attempt to merge diverse worlds leads to telling revelations about greed and honesty, imagination and integrity, bringing into focus two different approaches to knowledge of the natural world.
Sumner Carnahan has collaborated with composers, performers, and artists for decades to present her writing "off the page." She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and lives in Santa Fe. She has six books in print and numerous recordings of her work. ONLY A MESSENGER (Burning Books, 2011) is her first novel.Author City: SANTA FE, NM USA