Fiction and Southwest

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Return to Abo

Sharon Niederman

Called home to a funeral in Monte Alto, a small ranching community in New Mexico, journalist Maggie Chilton finds herself face to face with everything she left behind when she graduated from high school. Against the harsh beauty of the landscape and the memories it holds, three generations of women - Maggie, her mother, and her teenage daughter - struggle to make peace with each other and the land they love.
"What a read! Sharon Niederman has a real genius for illuminating the lives of individuals seeking one last shot at redemption in a landscape that demands too much. . . . Niederman has given us a global tale, one of place and displacement, where love and hope somehow persist whenever people dare to call a place home." - Demetria Martinez, author of Mother Tongue
"A realistic and convincing novel. Sharon Niederman portrays the true spirit and tenacity of the women of the rural Southwest." - Linda Davis, CS Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico
"I don't think I've ever read anything so real about New Mexico. Niederman gets the land, the people, the talk, the issues, the places and how they look and smell and how warm and true they are. Her powers of observation and her deep empathy and love of New Mexico ring true." - V. B. Price, author of The Oddity


Award-winning author and photographer Sharon Niederman has written about the state for more than twenty-five years, authoring and photographing ten books on New Mexico history, culture, cuisine, art, and travel. She lives in Raton with her husband and two dogs.


" Return To Abo . . celebrates life in rural New Mexico with great authenticity."


New Mexico Stockman

"Niederman has a gift for sharply drawn, realistic characters that give edginess to what could have been a formulaic romantic novel. Her love for New Mexico and its people come through on every page."


Las Cruces Sun-News, NM

"Woven through the events by the author's knowing hand, the intrinsic beauty of the harsh landscape with its rich history is the dominating force, the situation and story rolled into one."


The Denver Post, CO

". . . well worth reading for its glimpses at a way of Western life that is rapidly drying up and disappearing into the winds."


Southwest BookViews

"Niederman's strength is in capturing the sense of place. It is the arid, wanting land, and the people who reside there that resonate most memorably."


Boulder Daily Camera

" Return to Abo has a bit of everything; familial tensions, romance, drama, and lots of cowboys. Niederman works hard to portray the nuances of small town life and particularly life in small town N.M."


The New Mexico Jewish Link

"Niederman's debut is fun. And smart."


Durango Herald, CO

" Return to Abo is a story about the relationships between people and the land that surrounds them, supports them, and is just as much a part of their lives as any living person. The story is a tribute to small towns, to hometowns, to hard work on the land, and to both the freedom and hardship of the scattered communities and wide-open spaces that make up much of New Mexico."


Los Alamos Monitor, NM

"( Return to Abo is a) soulful examination of ranching, womanhood and a traditional community struggling for survival and meaning in a modern age."


Santa Fe Reporter

"(Niederman's) broad knowledge of the Southwest and New Mexico glow from the pages of her first work of fiction. . . This is a story about women making their way in harsh territory of grit and warmth, of love and reconciliation."


Crosswinds Weekly, NM

"( Return to Abo)is a good read that gets you involved right away. It has women's issues, domestic violence, and the non-forgiving land as a central character. For a good taste of ranch life in New Mexico this is a good book to dive into."


TradiciĆ³n Revista, NM

" Return to Abo has the makings of a New Mexico classic. . . Reading this novel is like a long visit with friends, like the best of family, and like the return to a place that may have changed, but like its inhabitants, still keeps its hearts."


New Mexico Magazine

5.5 x 8.5 in. 304 pages