Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Set in Northern New Mexico, on the day before the Chimayo Good Friday pilgrimage, IF NOTHING CHANGES follows five people and their intersecting lives, as they are transformed by their journey and attempt to come to terms with death, addiction, loyalty, penitence, forgiveness, and hope. A deft storyteller, Larsen ventures into a mysterious sub-region of New Mexico, the cross-cultural otro mundo district, traversing multiple simultaneous realities in the span of a day. Larsen proves to be a grounded witness to quintessential Nuevo Mexico. The novel is saturated with the landscape and the history of the area but lyrical and expansive in style. It feels like it already belongs in the canon of norteño writing.
L.K. Larsen grew up in Havertown, Pennsylvania, and has lived in New Mexico since 1973. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and a Recursos 2000 Discovery Award for her poetry and short works of fiction. IF NOTHING CHANGES (Burning Books, 2011) is her first novel. Author City: NM USA