Red Lightning (Paperback)
Tess returns to her hometown of Nowhere, Colorado after a ten-year silence in this novel that explores the ties of family. When Tess left, she abandoned her newborn daughter to her sister, and began a life of drug running and people smuggling through the San Luis Valley. Now she returns traumatized seeking help from those she’s damaged and hoping that her troubles don’t follow her.— Arsen
Ten years ago, Tess Cross left her newborn daughter with her sister and hightailed it out of what she called NoWhere, Colorado. Now she returns to the eastern plains of Colorado, full of raw rage at herself and at the universe, yearning for the life she never lead and the daughter she left behind. As a levantona who has been running drugs and illegal immigrants once they're beyond the US-Mexico border, she's knowingly and even defiantly entered into a harsh and dangerous world. But suddenly her world has become darker than she can bear: The largest wildfire in Colorado history is blazing. Immigrants are dead. She's haunted by the memory of a Mexican woman she couldn't save and a lost Mexican girl she did. Traffickers - of both immigrants and drugs - are now hunting her down. But most of all, Tess is at the mercy of her own traumatized soul, and the weight of it is cracking her apart. In the act of coming home, Tess must now face her dying mother, her sister, and her daughter, and most importantly, herself. This book broaches timely topics essential in the West--immigration, rural poverty, wildfires--with suspense and gritty wisdom as well as Pritchett's trademark lyricism and grace. Like Libby, her sister and the central character of Pritchett's novel Sky Bridge, Tess has her own coming-of-age, in a revelatory story of hard-earned transformation and redemption.
About the Author
Laura Pritchett is the author of the novel Stars Go Blue, which was a finalist for both the Reading the West and the Colorado Book Awards. Her previous novels include Hell's Bottom, Colorado, which received the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and a PEN USA Award for Fiction and Sky Bridge, for which she received the WILLA Fiction Award and was a Finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including O Magazine, The Sun, Orion, High Country News, Orion, Salon, and others. She lives in Colorado.