The Nirvana Blues: A Novel (The New Mexico Trilogy #3) (Paperback)

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This is book number 3 in the The New Mexico Trilogy series.


This final volume in John Nichols's acclaimed New Mexico trilogy, (“Gentle, funny, transcendent.” —New York Times Book Review).

Like its predecessors, The Nirvana Blues is a lusty, visionary novel that blends comedy and tragedy, reality and fantasy, tenderness and bite, to illuminate some very troubling truths about America—truths no less pointed and accurate today than they were decades ago.

The seventies are over. All across America, the overgrown kids of the middle class are getting their acts together—and getting older. The once-tight Chicano community of Chamisaville is long gone, and the Anglo power brokers control almost everything. Joe Miniver—faithful husband, loving father, and all-around good guy—is about to sink roots. To buy the land he wants, he dreams up a coke scam that will net him the necessary bread. Joe is also about to embark on a series of erotic adventures with three headstrong women, bringing him face-to-face with the terrors (and absurdity) of the modern man-woman scene.

The Nirvana Blues is part of John Nichols's New Mexico trilogy, which includes The Milagro Beanfield War and The Magic Journey

About the Author

John Nichols (1940–2023) was the acclaimed author of the New Mexico trilogy. Beginning with the publication of The Milagro Beanfield War, which was adapted into a film by Robert Redford, the series of novels grew from regional stature to national appeal, from literary radicals to cult classics. Beloved for his compassionate, richly comic vision and admired for his insight into the cancer that accompanies unbridled progress, Nichols was also the author of a dozen novels and several works of nonfiction. He lived in northern New Mexico.

Praise For…

“A work of genius . . . Hilarious.” —Newsday

“Transcendentally profound, also achingly funny . . . Like a wonderful poem, or a great restaurant.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“An epic scope, a wide-screen background, a large and varied cast of charming eccentrics and truly rotten villains.” —The Washington Post

“Deserves to be both widely read and profusely honored . . . A great, big, wonderful book.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“One of the most compelling novels I've read in a long time . . . As timeless as it is timely.” —Chicago Tribune Book World

Product Details
ISBN: 9780805063400
ISBN-10: 0805063404
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 15th, 2000
Pages: 540
Language: English
Series: The New Mexico Trilogy