Serafina’s Stories
Rudolfo Anaya 202 pages, hardcover $22.95. University of New Mexico Press, 2004.

Set in Santa Fe in 1680, this tale from Rudolfo Anaya is a treat. Night after night, Serafina, a 15-year old Pueblo woman, enchants the Spanish Governor with stories to free her fellow prisoners accused of plotting an insurrection. Serafina’s stories are "New Mexicanized" versions of traditional favorites, and they lead the governor to believe that love, not war, will quell the currents of revolution.