"Sojourner's writing is evocative, descriptive and lyricalÂ 29 is a tantalizing read."
ÂTHE DURANGO HERALD
"Sojourner seduces readers with shimmering visions of the WestÂ At the same time, she forces us to face the weary but undeniable truth that we're butchering the placeÂ Her palpable sorrow about the land permeates the novel, but it's relieved by a sense of humor and plenty of wisecracking dialogue."
ÂHIGH COUNTRY NEWS
"Sojourner's book crackles and bristles with all of the right tones. The author lived in Twentynine Palms and in the surrounding area, witnessing directly the work of tribes to stop the spread of solarÂpower installations and the invisibility that many native peoples endure. Her book sings with authenticity."
ÂTHE UTAH REVIEW
"Like the leafy sea dragon that moves gracefully in and out of these pages, 29 by Mary Sojourner is equal parts real and ethereal and wholly entrancing."
"[Sojourner] writes herself onto the page and bares all. Her characters personify past lovers and old friends, but ever apparent is the character of place."
ÂARIZONA DAILY SUN
"Â wry, surreal, and tenderÂ 29 reminded me that literature is an ecstatic conversation between reader and authorÂ "
ÂHIGH DESERT JOURNAL
"EverÂascending Sojourner cooks up wrenching sorrow and hilarious banter, environmental and moral conundrums, magnetizing characters, and a place of transcendent beauty in this intoxicating, provocative, and gloriously told desert tale of wildness and community, unexpected bonds and deep legacies, trauma and healing."
ÂBOOKLIST (starred review)
"This standout ecological novel from Arizona author Sojourner features picturesque prose, a vivid western setting, and sharply drawn characters."
ÂPUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
"Notable characters carry Sojourner's powerful story of our connection to the earth. A profoundly affecting novel."
"In Nell Walker, Mary Sojourner has created a character who discoversÂin her own desperate wayÂthe simple beauty in the interconnectedness of the natural world and the complexities we heap upon it. Written with passion and humor, 29 takes the reader on a journey of hope, humanity, and love."
ÂJANA RICHMAN, author of Riding in the Shadows of Saints, The Last Cowgirl, and The Ordinary Truth
"29 is at the intersection of a local road to Nowhere and an interstate to Everywhere. Certainly Mary's prose and storytelling is crystalline and lovely, a kind of geode broth, filled with light and piquancy."
ÂDAVID KRANES, author of The Legendâs Daughter and The National Tree
"A love letter to what we frequently deem unloveable, 29 is a wideÂarmed triumph of hope."
ÂLARAINE HERRING, author of Ghost Swamp Blues and Writing Begins with the Breath
"This is a story that will stay with the readers and, perhaps, bring them home to their own place, and the importance of fighting for what you love."
ÂSUSAN LANG, author of the Mojave novels trilogy
"The language is sharp as a butcher's blade, the dialogue rings true and hard, and the story cuts deeply into its reader."
ÂH. LEE BARNES, author of Cold Deck, The Lucky, and Car Tag
"Sojourner's new novel, much like the desert landscapes in which it is set, will never speak to those who see the Mojave as an annoying blur between L.A. and Vegas, but those adventurous enough (or lost enough) to wander off IÂ15 will find a world bursting with fragile beauty, tenacious life, and rock hard truth."
ÂGILES CARWYN, author of Queen of Oblivion
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