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Coyote Speaks: Cross Country Run

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A fugitive from the law for over forty years, Coyote Viejo tells the story of his escape from oppressive foster care on an Arizona chicken ranch and the success that followed as a high school wrestler and cross country runner, culminating with graduation from a fine university in Pennsylvania and his dream job as a high school coach and teacher, far distant in every way from the Indian reservation of his birth.
A star-crossed love affair brings him down and exposes the dark secrets of his childhood, taking him back to exorcise his demons and confront his childhood tormentor. Then he must run again.
Coyote escapes to an Indian reservation in Southern California, creates a new identity and rebuilds his life, gradually easing his fear of being discovered. After many years, however, Coyote's path crosses that of a young woman named Sarah Whitewater, a graduate student in Indian Studies at the University of Arizona who tracks him down and exposes his secrets. Her dissertation research is not her only reason to be interested in Coyote's story, however; their lives intertwine in complex ways and she has a deeper understanding of Coyote's history than he has himself.
Sarah's unexpected revelations lift a great burden from the shoulders of Coyote as an old man, freeing him to speak as he has never spoken before to anyone. In the book COYOTE SPEAKS his full story is revealed.

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