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Black Rainbow

Black Rainbow
“A pregnant Colorado woman was stabbed, her baby ‘removed,’ when she answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes.”
—Headline from Washington Post, March 19, 2015 

A novel by Miriam Sagan

$14.95 Paperback  

168 Pages

ISBN 13: 978-1-890932-48-0


“I had two mothers. Or maybe I had three. There was my real mother who died when I was born. And then there was the woman who claimed to be my mother, my stepmother. Behind them, like a shadowy third, was the crazy lady, the one who had wanted to be my mother most of all . . . . . . . Hers were the first pair of human eyes I ever saw.”
                                    —Excerpt from Black Rainbow

BLACK RAINBOW follows the intersecting stories of two strangely entangled women. There is Mary Rose, an ordinary young woman who is driven mad by infertility, miscarriages, and ghost babies. And there is Rania, whose mother was murdered by Mary Rose and who becomes obsessed with finding her mother’s killer.

The novel is set in the late 60s, in suburban New Jersey, the surreal counterculture of Manhattan’s lower east side, and a magic-imbued northern New Mexico hamlet. Rania, the kidnapped infant, is now a teen-ager. School provides little except for a friendship with the charismatic Monique, who has secrets of her own.

When Monique runs away, Rania follows, along with her streetwise boyfriend, to the psychedelic East Village ziggurat called Babylon.

Eventually, Rania’s solo search for Mary Rose leads her to rural New Mexico, and a surprising climax that will change her forever.

Miriam Sagan founded and directed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. She is author of twenty-five books, including her first novel, COASTAL LIVES, and her memoir SEARCHING FOR A MUSTARD SEED: A Young Widow’s Unconventional Story which won Best Memoir of the Year from Independent Publishers Association.

She won the New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award in Poetry, and has received the Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.


1. Unbroken Line: Writing in the Lineage of Poetry
2. Another Desert: Jewish Poetry of New Mexico
3. Seven Places in America: A Poetic Sojourn

Black Rainbow
$ 14.95/Paper
168 Pages 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Available November 15, 2015
Sherman Asher Publishing
SCB Distributors Inc.
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