An Apricot Year, New Mexico author Martha Egan’s newest novel, is scooping up a bumper crop of prizes this season. Last November the book won two NM/AZ Book Awards, one for Fiction and one for Design. In the last few weeks it has been the recipient of still more kudos. An Apricot Year also won Honorable Mention in the Novels category in the New Mexico Press Women’s 2013 Communications Awards. The Independent Publisher gave it a Bronze IPPY medal for Mountain West Regional Fiction during Book Expo in New York. This is the third of Ms. Egan’s fiction titles to win this prize. On June 28th, An Apricot Year won a Bronze ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Multicultural Fiction announced at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago.
Set in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, An Apricot Year follows a woman who leaves an abusive marriage to begin life again as an artist in Santa Fe. The combination of excellent writing and elegant design has produced a book richly evocative of the beauty of Santa Fe and the resilience and kindness of its people.