Sojourner moved from the East to northern Arizona in the mid-eighties when she was in her mid-forties. Soon enough, like many a literary transplant to the ravishing Southwest–Edward Abbey and Charles Bowden come to mind–Sojourner not only fell madly in love with the resplendent land, she dedicated herself and her writing to its defense against such abominations as “luxury-golf-course, gated-housing developments.” Her cogent arguments against the consumption of the wild for such follies, and her thoughts on the subject of how the contagion of franchises has turned “Local Business” into an endangered species, putting people out of work and bringing about a sterile cultural homogenization, are bracing and free of sanctimoniousness: check out her kinetically vivid account of her casino addiction. A fiction writer, columnist, activist, and National Public Radio commentator, Sojourner is a pithy yet sensuous, spiritual yet ferocious writer who tackles love, aging, loneliness, our relationship with nature, and death with a tangy wit, hard-earned acumen, and generous affection for her fellow human beings. Donna Seaman, Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Mary Sojourner is a prize-winning short story and essay writer. She is also the author of the novel Sisters of the Dream, about an East Coast woman who moves to Arizona and begins to dream the life of an ancient Pueblo woman. She teaches writing in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she lives in a two-room cabin with no running water, a wood stove, a fax machine and a passel of cats.