Part meditation on estrangement and acceptance, part pastoral of contemporary small town life, the plot of Red Cloud Pistachios is straight forward enough: Broke, unemployed, and emotionally unprepared for responsibility, Joe Johnson abandons his 17-year old lover and ultimately the son she would have. Though the two remain friends and sometime lovers over the years, Rory is never told the truth about his father. But time and conscience are catching up with Johnson and a traumatic event in Mexico will finally force him to confront his guilt-and the truth.
Set on a pistachio farm in southeastern Arizona, drifting for a time into Sonora, Mexico, Red Cloud Pistachios shows us the capacity of people to hope for the best in others and in themselves.
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