Kingdom of the Sun
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
216 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
- 9780826356406 | March 2016
- 9780826356413 | March 2016 (Adobe Digital Editions)
Set in southwestern New Mexico, the stories in James Terry's stunning debut explore the joys, insecurities, and failures of memorable characters as they attempt to connect with--or disconnect from--others around them. The elderly landlady of the Darling Courts apartments hires a reclusive handyman who suffers from a fear of water, and the pair forms an unlikely bond. A worker's unscrupulous plan to build a road in the middle of the desert is threatened by a lonely pregnant woman living in a trailer parked directly in his path. Overcome by nostalgia, a married trucker making the California run from Waco to Los Angeles takes a truck-stop waitress to the Deming drive-in theater with disappointing results. Together, these surprising stories uncover how our environment manifests itself in our everyday lives.
"The stories in Kingdom of the Sun are set in Deming, a bleak way station between Silver City and Las Cruces through which author James Terry weaves a dense tapestry of class stratification, sexual confusion, and football culture."--Jennifer Levin, Santa Fe New Mexican
"Stark and stunning."--Pasatiempo
"An impressive literary debut. . . . The author dazzles with his ability to develop flawed, oddball characters, his penchant for weaving in weather and the landscape as supporting characters, and his smart handling of metaphors."--Albuquerque Journal
"In the tradition of James Joyce's Dubliners and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, James Terry's Kingdom of the Sun uses the town of Deming, New Mexico, to reveal how human character is shaped by the place in which we are raised. Kingdom of the Sun offers an honest, authentic, and poignantly revealing vision of how we become who we are."
--Steve Heller, author of What We Choose to Remember