Owing to brisk sales, after only ten weeks on the market, Return to Abo has already gone into a second edition.
The Buzz Critical Praise for Return to Abo
This is an excellent first novel that brings to life the modern day struggle of three generations of women to hold on to traditional ways
Roundup Magazine of Western Writers of America, Fall, 2005
Niedermans writing is clean; her pacing is unflagging, and her attitude is often refreshingly unsticky
What she does well is to create a setting that lives up to [the] longing to regain a sense of place
And thats sufficient to make Return to Abo a pleasing read.
Tucson Weekly, August 18, 2005
"Sharon Niederman's first novel has the makings of a New Mexico classic
[It] is sure to satisfy readers
Reading this novel is like the return to a place that may have changed but, like its inhabitants, still keeps its heart."
New Mexico Magazine, August, 2005
Niedermans experience in writing
is apparent in the way she manages to portray real people in an equally convincing setting. She also succeeds in creating page-turning tension around Maggie and her high school sweetheart.
Boulder Daily Camera
Niederman has a gift for sharply drawn, realistic characters
Her love for New Mexico and its people comes through on every page.
Las Cruces Sun-News
Its the durable senior citizens who gain Niedermans great affection and who give richness to her well-detailed story. As a novelist, she is a fine reporter
shes got a promising future interpreting the joys and sorrows of small town life.
What a read! Sharon Niederman has a real genius for illuminating the lives of individuals seeking one last shot at redemption in a landscape that demands too much. This book will quickly work its way up the list of New Mexico classics, but more significantly, Niederman has given us a global tale, one of place and displacement, where love and hope somehow persist whenever people dare to call a place home.
Demetria Martinez, author, Mother Tongue
This is a wonderfully researched, lived in and revelatory novel. I fully believe that it is important to the state of New Mexico and beyond. It is the rare book that fits and is truly important to every age group.
Max Evans, author The Rounders, Hi Lo Country and Madam Millie
Return to Abo is a realistic and convincing novel. In the character of Lucy Chilton, Sharon Niederman portrays the true spirit and tenacity of the women of the rural Southwest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Linda Davis, CS Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico
I dont think Ive ever read anything so real about New Mexico. Niederman gets the land, the people, the talk, the issues, the places and how they look and smell and how warm and true they are. Her powers of observation and her deep empathy and love of New Mexico ring through without a dropped note or missed step. Anyone who loves New Mexico must read this book.
V.B. Price, author The City at the End of the World and The Oddity, columnist, Albuquerque Tribune
Feb. 20, 2005 Return to Abo Book Tour
On Feb. 20th, 2005, Sharon kicked off her state-wide book tour at Bookworks in Albuquerque.
Feb. 18, 2005 Return to Abo Interview
Albuquerque Tribune Reporter, Carrie Seidman spent some time chatting with Sharon Niederman about her enthralling new novel. Read the article. Just out from University of New Mexico Press, Return to Abo, Sharon Niedrmans compelling and absorbing first novel was immediately ranked as the #2 best-selling work of fiction the week of Feb. 10 in the weekly list compiled by Bookworks, a popular Albuquerque independent bookstore.