Cover art: The Bishop's Apricot by Gustave Baumann
Cover design: Barbara Haines

PubWest Book Design Awards
Gold Award, Adult Trade Book, Non-Illustrated:
Barbara Haines

Independent Publishers Association
Benjamin Franklin Award, Silver
Cover Design, Small Format (Fiction):
Barbara Haines

Independent Publisher
IPPY Bronze West-Mountain
Best Regional Fiction

Arizona-New Mexico Book Award
Fiction, Other

Arizona-New Mexico Book Award
Cover Design, small: Barbara Haines

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year
Multicultural Adult Fiction, Bronze

Honorable Mention, Novels
New Mexico Press Women 2013
Communications Awards, Book Category

New Mexico Book Association
Southwest Book Design Award
First Place, Production

New Mexico Book Association
Southwest Book Design Award
First Place, Cover Design

An Apricot Year
by Martha Egan

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Luli Russell never imagines the hurricanes, figurative and real, that will roar through her life when she turns fifty. A traditional Green Bay housewife, she has buried her artistic talent under the demands of family. For her birthday, her husband Herb and their four children give her a trip to Santa Fe on her own, a month of painting lessons, and an enviable set of watercolors.

A hysterical call from her teenage daughter turns her dream trip into a nightmare. Minutes later, still in shock, Luli finds a bleeding man lying helpless in a parking lot. Her call for help is answered by Adán Alire,
a former medic in Vietnam. He knows how
to rescue the old man, and his kindhearted wife, Rosealba, knows how to help Luli rescue herself.

An Apricot Year throws together a quartet
of dissimilar people who find their common humanity outweighs their differences as they meet in the shade of a bountiful apricot tree.

Publisher: Papalote Press, Santa Fe, NM
Hardcover: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-9755881-6-1
Paperback: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-9755881-7-8
Pages: 297

Orders: 888-229-7109

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Author Praise for An Apricot Year:

“Whether you’re into green chili and/or the Green Bay Packers, Martha Egan’s New Mexico saga, An Apricot Year, resonates for those searching for a new beginning.”
—Ana Pacheco, author of Saints & Seasons: A Guide to New Mexico’s Most Popular Saints

‘In An Apricot Year, Martha Egan has written a powerful novel of one woman’s journey.  A journey that sweeps her from the flatlands of the midwest to the heart of Northern New Mexico.  It is a story full of hope and promise.’
—Rick Collignon, author of Madewell Brown

Martha Egan weaves her Santa Fe spell into this charming story of family, friendship, community and finding love in the most unexpected places.
—Judith Ryan Hendricks, author of Isabel’s Daughter and The Laws of Harmony

Luli Russell is the thread that pulls together the patchwork that is Santa Fe, both in Luli’s fictional lost-and-found tale and in the centuries-old city Egan so engagingly portrays. Though hilariously disclaiming her characters as “wholly the product of the author’s twisted imagination,” Egan perfectly casts each member of her concocted quartet as someone you just know you’ve met. This laid-back blend of familiarity and fantasy makes for a read as soulful as a Santa Fe sunset and as memorable as the season’s rarest, sweetest apricot.
—Carmella Padilla, author of El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico’s La Cienega Valley

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