For five seasons she worked as a fire look-out in the Saguaro National Park and Chiricahua National Monument. It was in these “sky islands” that she first learned to love the richness and diversity of southern Arizona. This double life, one spent teaching teens, the other focused on natural history, informs both her poetry and prose and provides the reader with an experience as complex and rewarding as the environments in which they incubated.
She makes her home with her husband, Fritz, in the desert outskirts of Tucson, Arizona. When she’s not writing, she gardens. Vistis Gayle’s website for more information.
Journey Through an Arid Land: Wiona Rutherford is barely keeping her head above the dust as she struggles to manage her dilapidated ranch and a mother who is lapsing into dementia. To make matters worse, the ranch, located in the arid, mountain corridor that is the border between Mexico and Southeast Arizona, is a major crossing for illegal aliens. Although Wiona is sympathetic to those who undertake this dangerous journey, she is sick to death of the damage they leave behind. Then she comes upon a lone woman and her just born baby on the cold ground under an oak tree.
Gayle Jandrey has created an enthralling human drama set within the complex and dynamic world of today’s Mexican–American border region. Living within this turbulent setting is Wiona, a tough independent rancher competing in a strictly male profession, and Stokey, a veteran Border Patrol Agent burdened with family issues as he patrols a Darwinian landscape of desperate migrant travelers seeking a better life and the malevolent human coyotes that exploit them like some type of cash commodity. Jandrey’s book gives an accurate portrayal of the danger, fear, desperation, and sometimes hope that is played out on our busiest border on a daily basis. I found it a good read and a difficult book to put down. —Cameron Hintzen, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent U.S. Border Patrol (retired)
Jandrey tackles the border drama with brutal honesty, dishing up a meaty stew of characters – some you’ll love to hate, some you’ll hate to love. —Gerry Hernbrode, author of Provincial Justice
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Set in Tucson, Arizona, A Small Saving Grace, is a tale of suspense with wry sensibilities, offbeat characters and just enough menace to make the reader wince and say, “No, don’t go there.”
Life is in turmoil, yet against the odds, Andy, and those who love her, make slow, but steady progress. All the while, Andy’s attacker is stalking the entire household, searching for the right opportunity to kill his only living witness before she regains her ability to communicate.
A Small Saving Grace is full of suspense, but at its heart, this is a story of love, resilience, perseverance and healing.
“G. Davies Jandrey’s, A Small Saving Grace, tackles a family in crisis with brutal honesty and emotional depth. Peppered with quirky humor and a gallery of characters you won’t soon forget, Jandrey dishes up a meaty stew.” —Gerry Hernbrode, author of Provincial Justice