“There are no chiles like those grown in the heart of New Mexico. In A Growing Season, Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl bring to life the deeply rooted traditions and wonderfully diverse community that sows and harvests this amazing fruit—even as drought, economic fragility, and human greed threaten it year by year.”—Ann Cummins, author of Yellowcake
When fourteen-year-old wannabe cowboy Noah Odell moves to his flamboyant uncle's ranch in rural New Mexico, he soon finds himself encountering some of the Chihuahuan Desert's strangest characters. The days are never dull, especially when the U.S. Army tries to confiscate the ranch to expand a top-secret rocket-testing facility.
"Food is the talisman, the metaphor, and the basic aroma of this voluptuous novel . . . The tale is full of recipes, some on the very edge of bizarre but all bursting with flavor and history."--Booklist
"Based on the American folk ballad 'Tennessee Stud,' this novel by the author of Secrets of the Tsil Café is an artistic masterpiece galloping with classic all-American appeal."-- Library Journal, starred review
This quixotic tale of Sweeney's journey of survival and self-discovery offers a wry glimpse of the oddities and opportunities of small-town life, featuring aliens, nudists, naked bull riders, Druids, phony Indians, real Indians, and above all, Sweeney's crazy citizens, because, as one of them says, "Crazy ideas are the only kind that work around here."