Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Rope' Exposes Passions in Land Dispute.

Byline: David Gray For the Journal

* Exploration of the meaning of the grant struggle to three generations of one family is eerily contemporary

The long-standing passions involving land rights and ownership in New Mexico boil over brilliantly in Clint Trafton's new novel, "You Can't Push A Rope."

Judges Rudolfo Anaya and Denise Chavez awarded the book second place in the Frank Waters Southwest Writing Contest. Trafton, who grew up in the Armijo area of Albuquerque's South Valley and attended Albuquerque High School calls himself a "Chicano wannabe." He has degrees in engineering and psychology, but has been a furniture maker for the past 20 years. He lives in Jemez Springs. Trafton will be in Santa Fe to sign copies of "You Can't Push a Rope" on Saturday. …

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