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JoAnn Mapson
Blue Rodeo

Original Airdate: November 12, 1994


About the Author

Jo-Ann Mapson is the author of eight books of mainstream fiction as well as many freelance articles and national book reviews and has been included in several anthologies. "Blue Rodeo" was made into a CBS television movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Ann-Margret. "Hank & Chloe," "The Wilder Sisters" and "Bad Girl Creek" were national bestsellers. "Bad Girl Creek" was a 2002 Booksense 76 pick, as well as an alternate selection for Doubleday, Literary Guild and Book of the Month Clubs. It was also released in large print and unabridged audio for Chivers. Currently at work on a new novel, Mapson authors a monthly column on the writing life for Art Matters and teaches fiction in the MFA Program in Writing at UAA. Her former students include mystery writer Earlene Fowler (the Benni Harper series)and mainstream writers Judi Hendricks (Bread Alone -a Booksense 76 pick) and Joyce Weatherford (The Heart of the Beast). She lives and writes in Anchorage with her husband and five dogs.


About this Book

Those who do not remember family history are condemned to repeat it. Haunted by a failed marriage, a resentful son left deaf by a bout of meningitis and the slow death of her artistic aspirations, Margaret Yearwood takes refuge in Blue Dog, New Mexico. There, in the shadow of Shiprock Mountain and in the unlikely arms of Owen Garrett, she finds the courage to love again and to be loved. She comes to realize that even the most primal wounds scar over and that there's nothing so renewable or so healing as passion. This is a bittersweet story of ordinary people who must learn to heal family bonds before they are permanently severed.