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Name:  T.M. Spooner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

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Illinois Connection

Spooner is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and served three years in the U. S. Army.T.M. Spooner lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to his two novels,T.M Spooner's nonfiction has appeared in Tales from a Small Planet and his short fiction has appeared in River Walk Journal and The Dead Mule.


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Titles At Your Library

The Salvation of La Purísima
ISBN: 0915745887

Floricanto Press. 2006

The Salvation of La Purisima is a profound and heartrending look at a disenfranchised and poverty-ridden society that, driven by the necessity of its own survival, culturally pressures its members to make a perilous migration and earn money whether they want to go or not. Highly recommended. - Midwest Book ReviewPerhaps the biggest achievement of the story. are real characters that you quickly learn to like and care about. Consequently, there's a more human face put on the current phenomenon of "illegal immigration." These people are not simply numbers and statistics but, rather, living, breathing human beings. I look forward to seeing more from Señor Spooner. - Alan Cogan (Mexico Connect)Spooner has a keen eye and ear for Mexico, without glamorizing or admonishing the country or its people. His many years of Mexico travel to the less touristy destinations produce a work of unvarnished authenticity.

- David Simmonds (MexicoFile)T.M. Spooner's first novel, The Salvation of La Purísima, explores the forces driving Mexican migrants north and the resulting impact on the communities and families left behind. The journey north is no longer just an economic necessity, but has evolved into a rite of passage for so many of Mexico's rural youth.A migrant he befriends draws the novel's narrator, anthropologist Paul Westin, to Mexico. As Westin becomes more involved with the migrants and learns of a tragedy among them, he struggles to maintain professional objectivity. In Mexico he encounters La Purísima, the fractured village and symbol of rural Mexico, desperately struggling with the mysterious death of one of its own young men. The strange and unexpected reactions of the villagers force Westin and a local priest, Father Gabriel, to search for a solution to save La Purísima. The Salvation of La Purísima is compellingly told and written - with tender regard for its characters. The novel leaves the reader with a richer appreciation for the migrants, the human condition, and a sense that something profound has been experienced.

About the authorT. M. Spooner is a frequent visitor to Mexico where he has traveled extensively. Many of his summers are spent in Guadalajara where much of this novel was written. Spooner is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and attended graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago. His next novel deals with a group British and American expatriates living in the Lake Chapala region of Mexico.

Notes from Exile
ISBN: 0915745895

Floricanto Press. 2006

Notes from Exile is an expat novel following three Americans and a Brit, a Falklands War vet. Along the way the novel pays homage to expats who spent time in Mexico, including the writers Malcolm Lowry and D. H. Lawrence.

Rich in language and imagery, Notes from Exile is a skillfully crafted novel. A blend of humor and drama thread this tale, concluding in what can best be described as a haunting modern tragedy.

Mexico has long been a land of enchantment and mystery, a place where more than one foreigner has sought refuge, fleeing real or imagined demons. In a quaint village along the shores of Lake Chapala, two recent college graduates join two men living in self-imposed exile. One, a journalist and jaded philosopher is escaping an inherited family destiny

the other, a British combat veteran is fleeing what many viewed an unnecessary war.

Excerpt from Notes from Exile -In the vigilant distance, the jacaranda trees and the African tulips remained still and breathless. The long, fragile egrets waded in the muddy shores of the great lake. Lirio acuático, water hyacinth, and tules, water rushes, nursed in the shallow water, their roots a web of thickness and lust. The lake was sick, dying of a disease called neglect. The mountains nestled beside it, powerless to heal, and the long, loping line of the woman cradled it in her lap. She had bravely turned to face the deprivation. Fishers, naked to the waist, cast their wide nets, each harvest more meager. What a disease this thing called neglect.


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