By Rick Lakin
Natives in Exile by Dirk Harman is Free through Saturday.
“Solero is the faded name on the bullet-pocked road sign that flips past your windshield at 80 MPH (and 100 degrees in the shade) on the way to Las Vegas. Of this welcome-to-nowhere town—easily bypassed and quickly forgotten—Dirk Harman has drawn a portrait so vivid, so harsh, so funny, so merciful, that it’s on my literary map for good”
—Ursula Le Guin, Capra Press
“Getting inside a dozen wildly different characters, from native rattlesnake shaman to itinerant rodeo clown to unrequited coffee shop waitress, Harman himself is shape-shifter and shaman.”
—Peter Wild, The Sonora Review
“Harman’s prose has the forlorn authenticity of a distant train whistle in the night.”
—Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
Dirk Harman’s critically acclaimed first novel chronicles the parallel lives of several unfortunate souls stranded by history, circumstances and plain old bad living in a slowly dying Mojave desert town. Once a thriving mining community and bustling railroad junction, Solero, California has fallen on hard times, due mainly to a careless error made by a hung-over civil engineer while mapping out a route for the new interstate. Through a series of linked stories told in a lyrical and often humorous voice, Harman portrays a piece of American culture that has been abandoned and left to the elements, like postcards from a ghost town.
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