RURAL ODYSSEY V - TROUBLE IN A KANSAS RIVER TOWN is a return to fiction. It tells the latest in Curran’s stories of Abilene, Kansas. Trouble comes to Abilene in an unexpected armed attack on the town and its residents in 1971 by KKK and “rugged individualists” out for revenge for the conviction and imprisonment in Abilene of their relatives and cronies in past years. Following the “troubles,” the author writes of protagonists Mike and Mariah’s teaching at the Dwight D. Eisenhower College in Abilene, the birth of their daughter Ariel Sarah O’Brien Palafox, and the Palafox family’s travel to Spain. With the passage of time and events in Abilene, Mike and Marah make a life changing move back east and work and teaching at Harvard.
Book Two - a Novella - Ballad of the “Smoky Hill River Rambler” tells the story of Abilene’s Mickey Clancy’s dream of performing (singing and playing guiitar, including classical guitar) in the restaurants and bars in Durango and other towns of Southwest Colorado. As his music evolves and the repertoire grows, he encounters romance and surprises, not always pleasant, as an itinerant musician.