Sophie's House of Cards

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$24.95  $23.20
University of New Mexico Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Sharon Oard Warner is the author of Learning to Dance and Other Stories and the novel Deep in the Heart. She is also the editor of The Way We Write Now: Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis. A professor of English at the University of New Mexico, Warner is the founder and director of the Taos Summer Writers' Conference.


"Sophie's House of Cards has all the family drama needed to keep the reader turning pages. . . . Set in New Mexico, the landscape and beauty of Albuquerque and Taos haunt the pages of this moving and enchanting story."--Bookslut

"Warner's sensitivity and sincerity in addressing difficult and relevant subjects help create an engrossing read while her attention to detail and research lend it validity."--Southwestern American Literature

"[An] intimate family novel. . . . As others move around her and walls fall down, Sophie reveals her fortitude. Her endearing story of teen pregnancy, growth, and resilience stands as the central support of Sophie's House of Cards."--Western American Literature

"Sophie's House of Cards is a compelling piece of literature with a unique style and format. . . . With every chapter you will become engaged in the story and find yourself comparing your own journey to this intriguing expression of family life."--Porter Gulch Review

"Fifty-one-year-old Peggy Granger is an ex-hippie who used to read tarot cards in exchange for food, shelter, and pocket money. Her cards have been stored away, untouched for years, until her sixteen-year-old daughter, Sophie, finds them and asks her to do a reading. Ten cards, laid out in the form of a Celtic cross, provide the titles and openings of each chapter, a clever narrative structure that links the past, present, and future of this family whose stability is as fragile as a house of cards."--Kirkus Reviews

"Warner captures the New Mexican landscape beautifully: the gold of cottonwood trees in fall; the gush of desert spring; the delicate and smothering way snow falls in the mountains. But it is the placing of everyday human life directly inside this landscape that allows Warner to create such a striking portrait of the American Southwest. Her descriptions illuminate not the grandeur of a Western-film backdrop but the details of real life: making chorizo for breakfast; owning a small business; the ordinariness of sex and infidelity."--Foreword Reviews

"Sharon Oard Warner's Sophie's House of Cards is infused with everything I look for in fiction: sympathetic characters whose imperfections are recognizably human, a strong sense of place, and a story that lingers long after you've closed the book and moved on to others, wishing they were as captivating and masterfully told as Warner's novel."--Wally Lamb, author of We Are Water

"When I began reading, I couldn't stop because the novel felt like the rhythm of our lives. Sophie's House of Cards gets across the complexity of mother/child relationships. Warner's effortless and finely crafted storytelling is powerful. I cried after reading it. Now I want the next novel and the next."--Joy Harjo, author of Crazy Brave: A Memoir

"Refreshingly honest, compulsively readable, and told with charm, heart, and more than a little wisdom, Sophie's House of Cards will make you homesick for your own imperfect family."--Summer Wood, author of Wrecker: A Novel

"I finished reading Sophie's House of Cards and then spent days missing the characters. This novel about a family begun in a commune with secrets and a tangled lineage, a family that remains communal, even matrilineal, a kind of beehive whose queen--with her long and graceful body, with her compulsion to regulate the unity of the hive at her own expense--is clear-eyed about how the needs of the collective sometimes destroy the individual. The inevitable regeneration that takes place is heartbreaking and joyous. This is a wonderful novel."--Debra Monroe, author of On the Outskirts of Normal

"Sophie's House of Cards is a big-hearted novel full of questions about life, love, and family, and the complex ways seemingly simple things unfold. Long after I finished reading it, I found myself deep in conversation with the characters in this novel. It's the best kind of story, the kind that gently weaves into your daily life and, even after you set the book aside, continues to change your perspective in the way that only great literature can."--BK Loren, author of Theft: A Novel

"My heart goes out to the family in Sophie's House of Cards as they deal with reconciling past and present, addressing mistakes new and old. I'm fascinated by their secrets and charmed by the way they sweetly stumble through their lives, seeking connection and understanding."--Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola: A Novel