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Canaan’s Oothoon is the debut novel from Dr. Donna Walker-Nixon, a lecturer at Baylor University. All proceeds will be donated to Literacy Texas, a statewide coalition that strives to connect and equip literacy programs across Texas through resources, training, networking and advocacy.
Canaan Watson wanders into the (fictional) small town Allard's Crossing, Texas. Brash and daring, he is very different from what the townsfolk usually see. He believes himself to be the reincarnation of poet William Blake and that he is destined to find his perfect mate, his Oothoon, to create his new world order.
Cautious, but strangely attracted, some of the local women fall under his spell: Emma Mae, an elderly woman who wants nothing more than to talk to her deceased daughter through a spiritual medium; Lura, the Pentecostal woman who wants to feel the kind of love he offers; and Maria Elena, the vulnerable teenage granddaughter of Bonnie Hobbs.
An Oothoon, according to Canaan, is the kind of woman who can cast off middle class propriety and give into her own sexuality, but Bonnie Hobbs recognizes this kind of talk as seduction for the gullible and unwary. No pushover, Bonnie has seen the likes of this good-for-nothing Canaan before. When he moves in with Lura, Bonnie considers it proof that he is not to be trusted, but Bonnie seems to be alone in her conviction. Soon her cousin Emma May gets sucked into Canaan's lies when he leads her to believe that for an ongoing sum of money she can really communicate with her deceased daughter. As the women around her are slowly drawn into his web, Bonnie tries to protect her land, her friends and even her own granddaughter from Canaan's schemes.
Donna Walker-Nixon received a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University at Commerce with a specialization in fiction, poetry, drama and linguistics.
She was the founding editor, with Marilyn Robitaille, of the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, the founding editor of Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature, and the co-editor of the New Texas series with James Ward Lee. In 2001 and 2002, she was editor of CCTE Studies, the academic journal of the Conference of College Teachers of English.
Walker-Nixon was honored in 2002 as one of fifteen Minnie Stevens Piper professors in Texas. In 2004, she was the co-director of the Langdon Weekend, a festival of the arts in Granbury, Texas. She is a Lecturer at Baylor University.
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