Jane Candia Coleman was the co-founder and Director of the Women’s Creative Writing Center at Carlow College in Pittsburgh. Her No Roof But Sky won the Western Heritage Award for poetry in 1991, and Stories from Mesa Country won the Western Heritage Award for short stories in 1992. She lives on a ranch near Rodeo, New Mexico, and writes full time.
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This collection of stories by award-winning write Jane Candia Coleman is about women coming of age. In each one, the protagonist discovers facets, truths about herself and the world that she has not known—finds places in herself where she has never been.
“Jane Candia Coleman is the best short story writer in America.”
John Shirley, novelist, screenwriter, critic and author of New Noire
Winner of 1992 Western Heritage Award for an Outstanding Short Story Collection
An excerpt from Stories from Mesa Country: "They are coming back from the burial ground. I can see them walking, two abreast, along the narrow track by the wash. Tom has his head down, his hands in the pockets of his black suit. Beside him, Reverend Sherman is talking, waving his arms, trying, I'd guess, to comfort. Behind them come Enid and Faith, square shapes in best blue dresses, and then Seth and Arch, leggy as colts, uncomfortable in Sunday suits, in the shadow of tragedy.
“Stories from Mesa Country is beautifully written and Coleman obviously knows the ranching/western/frontier life. This collection of stories is highly recommended reading for those who would study the frontier psyche and seek to understand why people have long been so fascinated with the wild and unsettled West.”
Clay Evans, New Mexico Magazine