The Journal of Antonio Montoya

Rick Collignon

A charming and haunting novel set in a decaying New Mexican village, with inspiring messages about the enduring power of love and the sanctity of place and history.

’This novel quietly enchants. Opening with the death of young Jose Montoya’s parents, the narrative revolves around him and his aunt Ramona, who takes the boy in…Collignon has a beautiful style, and shows an intimacy with his characters reminiscent of John Steinbeck. Rural life is poignantly portrayed; religion, food and family are the key ingredients, and we relive the journey that Ramona takes, retracing her past and discovering her future, with vivid realism.’ D-Tour

’’Collignon shifts between the living and the dead in this story of life in a New Mexican village. Oblique and spiritual, the narrative is at the same time humorous and earthy…An enjoyable and strangely comforting read.’ Tribune Magazine

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