La Ranfla Reviews

"Martha Egan and Papalote Press have put together a seven story collection of enjoyable, readable short fiction…. You’ll enjoy the heck out of the occasionally bumpy ride in Egan’s ranfla suave".
     –Michael Sedano, La Bloga, September 22, 2009

“Genuine N.M. characters populate Egan's world. Though the characters in these seven stories are fictional, Egan creates such believable portraits of New Mexicans that you think that they're real people. Neighbors, friends, maybe even family members. I'm convinced that the hippie couple, Oso and Starshine, in the title story, "La Ranfla," are composites of people I had known when I lived in Santa Fe in the 1970s."
     -David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, October 11, 2009

“The seven short stories in Martha Egan’s La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories …have a regional base but also deal with situations everyone experiences in one way of the other: how long-standing arguments fade when backs are to a wall; how we learn how to be who we are and also stand up for ourselves; and how a sudden accident or change of plans can set even the most orchestrated life into new motion."
     -The Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo, October 30, 2009

“This collection of stories is packed with human themes of love, deception, generational family ties, cultural confusion, our relationships with animals, all set in the unique cultural surroundings of New Mexico from 1920 to the present. Egan is a marvelous storyteller. She makes you cry, laugh, ponder, and consider yourself in the context of your world, people, animals, and cultural misconceptions. Though set in mysterious environs and filled with indigenous happenings, the universality of her humanity is never muddy to the reader."


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