By Robert Julyan



Winner of the 2012 Tony Hillerman Award for Fiction from the New Mexico-Arizona Book Association

The fictional High Plains village of Sweeney, New Mexico, population 856 and falling, is like so many small towns in rural America--once vibrant and alive but now a dry husk of obsolescence, decay, and despair. Only its few remaining citizens care that it not die like so many other towns, but when a handful of them concoct a plot to draw attention to their hometown, the result is a hilarious romp through the oddities and opportunities of small town life. Aliens, nudists, naked bull riders, Druids, phony Indians, and real Indians--all play a role in Sweeney's quixotic journey of survival and self-discovery.

Subjects: Fiction

Contributor Bios
In this his first novel, Robert Julyan, author of numerous New Mexico-related books, takes a comic approach to the serious issue of what is lost when small towns die. While researching his Place Names of New Mexico, he experienced firsthand many of these communities and developed a strong empathy for their citizens and their plight. He resides in Carnuel, New Mexico, a small community just outside Albuquerque.