Two novels recently published by the locally owned Terra Nova Books are both set in Santa Fe but couldn’t be further apart in plot and premise. In Love and Death in a Perfect World (2015), author Barbara Gerber toils in the arena of domestic realism with a story of a couple, Rosemary and Liam Ellis, raising their son, Dylan, in what they hope is a progressive and ethical manner. Rosemary is consumed by the choices and responsibilities she faces over every decision: The book opens in the grocery store, as she attempts to find the most organic, locally sourced, whole-grain ingredients for a pot of spaghetti while keeping her kid from screaming or climbing out of the cart. Liam struggles with unresolved childhood issues and a sense of being trapped, though he loves his wife. (He is slightly scared of his child.) Gerber’s clean, often witty prose captures some essential and authentic aspects of Santa Fe culture. In Incarnation (2016), Laura Davis Hays takes readers on another kind of adventure altogether. Her protagonist, Kelsey, is a scientist with a complicated love life. Within her lives another woman from another time and place — Iriel, from the mythical missing city of Atlantis — whose pull on her is getting stronger day by day. Gerber and Davis read from their books at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at The Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado (7 Caliente Road). They are joined by Terra Nova author Brooks Robards, reading from her most recent book of poems, Fishing the Desert, and Shirley Mellis, reading from her memoir, Banged-Up Heart, forthcoming in fall 2016 from Terra Nova. Authors will sign books and answer audience questions after the reading. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For information, call 505-670-9319.

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