Martha Egan's collection of seven short stories transcends the limits of regionalism. In ""Carnales"", a grudge lasting generations ends with a standoff in a village cemetery. The unruly dog in ""Mutt"" helps a young silversmith learn to stand her ground. In ""Time Circles"", a trip to a ceremonial in Navajo Country encourages a woman to open both a new business and her heart. The veterinarian in ""Guapo"" rescues a dog that changes her life forever. A pair of newly arrived hippies learn to play by New Mexico's rules in ""La Ranfla"". A broken down MGB strands a college boy in a border town in ""Granny"", where local life proves to be unexpectedly seductive.
Martha Egan began to write fiction in response to her experiences as a Latin American folk art dealer attempting to cope with the U.S. Customs service. Her semiautobiographical first novel, Clearing Customs, was named Fiction Book of the Year in 2005 by OnLine Review of Books and Public Affairs. Her next novel, Coyota, won a Bronze IPPY Award for Mountain-West Best Regional Fiction in 2008 from the Independent Publishers Association. Her nonfiction books are Milagros: Votive Offerings from the Americas and Relicarios: Devotional Miniatures from the Americas. Egan owns Pachamama, a folk art gallery in Santa Fe.