With a contemporary Western flavor and plenty of intrigue and suspense, Gary Hart's latest novel Durango brings readers into the world of the small southwest Colorado town as the close-knit community is rocked by scandal and controversy. As a drawn-out battle for water rights looms over the town, one of Durango's most eminent citizens, stoic former politician Daniel Sheridan, is implicated in a shocking transgression, forcing him to clear his name and resolve the contention that has weighed upon his hometown for decades.
Drawing on the classic themes of loyalty, honor, redemption, and the land, Durango presents an unforgettable saga of the American west.
"This is a tale of the modern west that has its beginnings long, long ago. It deals with water rights, always a volatile subject in Colorado, especially in the Durango area. Ranchers, farmers and oil folks are all vying for enough, not to mention just the basic needs of the cities and towns down there. Hart humanizes the conflict through Daniel Sheridon, a small time rancher who got burned by politics a long time ago in a raw deal that a young reporter is now trying to stir up once again. The drama moves on to include the Ute reservation and their fight for the rights of the water that is on their land. The themes are old--progress versus protecting the past, money versus quality of life, people versus corporations--all subjects very much in the news these days. This is a political story, a love story, and character study of the West, its people and places. It also gave me a goal of going to explore the Weminuche Wilderness to discover more of Colorado's amazing beauty and unique wilderness."
Tomorrow night, Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 7:30 pm at our Historic Lodo store:
Senator Gary Hart is currently Wirth Chair Professor at the University of Colorado, distinguished fellow at the New America Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Senator Hart, the author of 17 books, including The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats, will read from and sign his new novel Durango . With a contemporary Western flavor and plenty of intrigue and suspense, Durango brings readers into the world of the small southwest Colorado town as the close-knit community is rocked by scandal and controversy. Drawing on the classic themes of loyalty, honor, redemption, and the land, Durango presents an unforgettable saga of the American West.