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Coyote Heart
by Paula Margulies   

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Publisher:  Kirk House Publishers ISBN-10:  193379416X Type: 


Copyright:  April 17, 2009 ISBN-13:  9781933794167

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A multi-cultural love story set on the Pala Indian Reservation in San Diego, California.

Coyote Heart tells the story of Carolyn Weedman, a forty-year-old librarian trapped in a troubled marriage with a disabled husband. After a chance encounter with a widowed Pala Indian professor, Carolyn finds herself drawn into an unexpected love affair. Torn by conflicting feelings, she discovers a secret about her husband’s past that forces her to confront her divided emotions and choose between the two men that she loves.

Set against the simmering backdrop of local politics on the Pala Indian Reservation, Coyote Heart explores the intricacies of illicit love and marriage, the strength that comes from sacrifice, and the courage to forgive the injuries of the past. The novel calls on several San Diego landscapes, including the Rancho Penasquitos preserve and the Pala Indian Reservation, to give the story a unique local flavor. Written with haunting natural imagery and lyrical prose, Coyote Heart tells a compelling tale of love and modern Native American culture.
The coyote was in the yard again.

Carolyn Weedman watched as it nosed around the flowerbed and
the trees by the back fence. It stepped lightly, as if the earth was
hot to the touch, its mottled brown fur ruffling in the breeze whenever it
lifted its head.

Suddenly, the animal stopped and stared through the kitchen

Carolyn thought it made eye contact, but before she could be certain,
it darted through the fence. Twice before it had appeared, like a
warning sign or a premonition, and both times the creature had vanished
into the canyon preserve. She felt as if she’d conjured it, a ghostly
figure from her subconscious. After the last sighting, it lingered in the
back of her mind all day. Today, the coyote had seen her, and that bothered
Carolyn more than its sudden appearances, leaving her feeling naked
and exposed, as if she was being watched.

Carolyn turned and wiped her hands on her apron. At the breakfast
table, Everett mopped up the last of his fried eggs with the edge of his
toast. When he finished, Carolyn gathered his plate and silverware and
then stood, fingering the checkered tablecloth.

“There was a coyote in the yard.”

“Oh?” Everett finished chewing and sat back in his wheelchair. He
put down his napkin and rolled the chair over to the sliding glass door.
“Was it a big one?”

“No, not too big. It’s been here before.”

“They’re getting desperate when they come into the neighborhood in broad daylight.”

The peal of the doorbell signaled the arrival of Ben Miller, the sweet-faced college
kid who helped Everett take his morning bath. Although Carolyn was strong
for her small frame, the awkwardness of wrapping her arms around her 180-pound
husband to lift him over the...

Professional Reviews

Patricia Santana, Patricia Santana, author of Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility and Ghosts of El Grullo
"A graceful story of love and redemption, Coyote Heart is a gift for all of us who grapple to understand the complexities of relationships. Read it and learn."

Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment, The Bewildered, and The Unsettling
“With Coyote Heart, Paula Margulies uses lyrical, yet restrained prose to take us into a world where the usual definitions will not fit—where the personal and the political, even the human and the animal, become increasingly difficult to differentiate. This novel bravely explores the difference between a relationship that bends and one that breaks; it even suggests that a healed fracture is stronger than what was originally whole.”

Mark Trahant, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Pictures of Our Nobler Selves, a history of Native Americans in media
"Redemption is a destination we all hope to reach. Coyote Heart takes us on a wonderful journey, crossing cultural boundaries, toward that great human place."

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