Nichols brings his readers face-to-face with the more unpleasant aspects of rapid development in a largely rural region. Nichols has been called a modern-day Steinbeck, and, like Terry McMillan and Arizona writer Alberto Rios, his characters inhabit the racial, cultural, and class borderlands that divide and define the American Southwest.
"I've always believed, if you're involved even in a very small struggle--in some sort of infinity in a grain of sand--in your local neighborhood, that every action has universal implications. I believe that if I struggle for the rights of an acequia in Taos, New Mexico, that the ripple effect [will spread] from that tiny struggle."
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