In 1879, enraged at white men and grief-stricken at the loss of land sacred to his people, a Ute Holy Man places a curse on a remote valley in Colorado's central Rockies. Over the next fifty years, events lead one man and his family, along with the rich and famous who use the valley for their own ends, to the belief that the curse has worked. This unfolding drama of the Crystal Valley places historical and fictional characters in the well-known locales of Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Marble and Schofield Colorado, and mixes fact with legend to create a rich novel about the early days of America’s mountain West.
Praise for This Cursed Valley
Meredith has created an epic adventure. In an age when books come and go quicker than a spring snow storm in the Rockies, This Cursed Valley's steady popularity speaks to Meredith's skill as a storyteller and to the innate interest of the historical material that lies as bedrock to his fine tale. I wish all history were told in a way as compelling as this.”
— Anne Hillerman, author of Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn
A novel action-packed enough to be read in hours-long, chapter-absorbing chunks. The curse and its effects... make up a page-turner, night-light-burner of a Western saga. When the last page is turned, a reader is left wondering if the curse still brings trouble and calamity to those who would use the Crystal River Valley for self-serving ends.”
— Denver Post
This novel of the West embraces the pioneer experience with wit, intelligence, and extraordinary historical detail. . . This is a broad, rich novel; a novel to be savored.”
— Jon Chandler, author of The Spanish Peaks and Wyoming Wind
About the Author
An Oklahoma native, Larry K. Meredith was raised in Kansas. He has been a newspaper man, a salesman, an advertising and sales promotion writer for a Fortune 500 company, a college and university public relations director, an instructional technology director, and has owned his own marketing and video production company. Not long ago, he retired from his administrative position with Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. Most recently, he served as a library district’s executive director.
He and his wife Alley have been part time residents of the Crystal Valley since the 1960s and he has long been interested in its history. Ironically, their son and his family live in "This Cursed Valley" while their daughter and her husband have also resided there.
Raspberry Creek Books, LTD - Gunnison, Colorado - Tulsa, Oklahoma