The first novel by master poet, Pushcart nominee, winner of the American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and recipient of the prestigious Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship.
Rise, Do Not Be Afraid is a compelling, intertwined story of a small New Mexico town and its people, the presence of shadowy gods, and the heart of human nature. These fantastical and almost whimsical tales are based in myth and biblical traditions, and the characters are rooted deeply in the past, returning to pass down the truth of their town—Santa Rita, New Mexico.
Through the eyes and mouths of abeyta's characters, we are carried through a private and deeply personal history. aaron a. abeyta's allegorical retelling of his childhood past, woven in with his own beliefs and mythologies, brings an adventurous tone to history. Rise, Do Not Be Afraid is a lyrical and adamant prayer for redemption and salvation in a time where there is none to be spared.