All My Relations
October 22, 1994
About the Author
Christopher McIlroy has taught creative writing at the University of Arizona and Warren Wilson College. A cofounder of the nonprofit corporation ArtsReach, which conducts fiction and poetry workshops in Native-American communities, he is also a consultant to the Indian Education Unit of the Arizona Department of Education. His stories have appeared in Missouri Review, Fiction, Story Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, TriQuarterly, Magazine and Sonora Review, among others.
About this Book
Set against the stark but seductive landscape of the American Southwest, the stories in "All My Relations" explore the inner landscape of mind and heart, where charting the simplest course is subject to a complex constellation of relationships. In the title story of the collection, a Pima Indian hires on with a rancher in an attempt to quit drinking and to win back the wife and son who have left him. His efforts to master land and horses and to bake the perfect cake mirror his efforts to subdue his own demons and to embrace a peaceful domesticity.