Carolyn Zaroff - Durano (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:00am

Durano follows Bekah, who was just a little girl when her cousin, Durano, left their tribe of Ute Indians to live in Santa Fe to learn the language of the new people and the ways of the Americans and Spanish. Now he is an eighteen-year-old who is seemingly ready to accept his destiny, even though there is much about him that members of his tribe, including Bekah’s brother, both envy and hate. It is 1849 when seventeen-year-old Russian Jew, Benjamin Perlov, arrives in San Francisco, hoping to begin anew. As Durano steps into his role as Ute Indian chief, his life eventually intersects with that of Perlov who quickly becomes a friend of the Utes. As Perlov negotiates with the government so the Utes can remain on their ancestral lands instead of on new reservations created to ensure gold miners can stake their claims in Indian territory, fate leads him to Bekah’s arms and what he hopes is a future filled with love, hope, and new beginnings.

Carolyn Zaroff grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from George Washington University. She lived and worked as a commercial writer in New York City, Boston, and Rochester, N.Y. where she was also an advertising manager, a writer for the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an editor for Rochester Women Magazine. After Rochester, she lived for ten years in Aspen, Colorado, where she wrote freelance for Aspen Magazine. Her interest in the Ute Indians developed while she lived there, learned their history and visited their reservation in Utah. Since moving to Sausalito in 1995, she has become an avid landscape painter, whose artwork can be viewed at

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