In Ancestors, Hawkins, a man adrift, finds himself in a Native American homeland called Chaco Canyon, a place of relics haunted by history. He is besieged by voices revealing memories of other lives, including those of his immediate family, truths he had never known: “Like something out of a dream. He could see it, those stone dwellings high on the cliff, speaking of those who had been there who knows when. And who were they? Ancestors, the voice said . . .” Hawkins learns the painful histories of the generations of his origins, who he is, and the quest he must fulfill in spite of the obstacles in his path and temptation to give in and run from the challenges facing him.
Ancestors completes Gladys Swan’s Southwestern trilogy, following Ghost Dance and A Dark Gamble, novels also available from Serving House Books.
Gladys Swan has published three novels, >Carnival for the Gods, (Vintage
Contemporaries Series), Ghost Dance: A Play of Voices, (LSU Press,
nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award), and A Dark Gamble, as well
as seven collections of short fiction. Her poetry and essays, and short
stories have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies. Much
of her work is set in New Mexico, where she grew up. Though she has
spent most of her career as a writer, she has devoted much of her time
during the last two decades to painting and exploring the creative process.