Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Author Martha Egan discusses her new book ÒAn Apricot YearÓ at Andrea Kristina’s Bookstore and Kafe on Saturday, Nov.
Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Author Martha Egan discusses her new book ÒAn Apricot YearÓ at Andrea Kristina's Bookstore and Kafe on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
FARMINGTON — Santa Fe-based author Martha Egan stopped by Andrea Kristina's Bookstore and Kafe to read from and sign her newest novel, "An Apricot Year," on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.

She will appear at Maria's Bookstore in Durango on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and in Cortez at Let It Grow on Tuesday at noon.

The story follows a Midwestern housewife, Luli Russell. She moves from Green Bay, Wis. to Santa Fe for one month to study watercolor painting, a 50th birthday gift from her husband.

Russell gets a call from her youngest daughter after she arrives in April that her husband, Herb, took off with the family babysitter and cleaned out the bank account. She goes back to Green Bay, cleans up her family affairs and decides to return to Santa Fe and make a new life.

"The story is of her making a new life in a place where she doesn't know anyone and doesn't have any marketable skills," Egan said. "It's a fun book. There are terrible things that happen, but good things as well. I've seen so many people move to the southwest, particularly Santa Fe and Tucson, to start over again. People get to a certain age and they realize that they're mortal. There's a special allure to the southwest."

This is Egan's third novel. She published "Clearing Customs," in 2005, and "Coyota," in 2007.

"An Apricot Year," is a novel 20 years in the making, Egan said.

"I spend a lot of time thinking about story concepts," she said. "In many ways, these books were in my head for quite a while.


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Egan also published a collection of seven short stories called "La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories," in 2009 and two nonfiction books, "Milagros: Votive Offerings from the Americas," and "Relicarios: Devotional Miniature from the Americas."

She owns Pachamama, a Santa Fe gallery that specializes in Latin American folk art and antiques. She is currently working on a book about a group of kids in Wisconsin in the 1950s, among other projects.

Egan was born in Chicago and grew up in De Pere, Wis.

"I came west at 17 and never looked back," she said.

Her interest in Latin America began as a child.

"It started as a little kid in an area where you never heard another language," she said.

While attending school at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Egan spent the summer of 1966 studying in Mexico City.

"I was like a kid in a candy store," she said.

She later served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela from 1967-1969.