Woman of the Old Roads

by Joey Carney

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A short book consisting of individual stories about people who live in Tacache, where the cocaine cartels set up camp and the Peruvian government, under foreign pressure, set out to stop them. Each chapter is a story in it’s own right, yet they weave together magically, and tell the story of an idyllic village in the jungle and the people that lived there, and how influence from the cartels slowly changed it. There are coca farmers, prostitutes, teachers, chemists, store owners, and police. Yet they are the friends and family of people who live there, and the stories are told from their points of view.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: 18-34 (New adult/twentysomethings)
Violence: Major violence, death


Geography: Peru
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Wilderness/Desert/Other outdoors
Time Period: 1980 - 1989

Main Character

Age: Other or N/A
Gender: Other or N/A
Race: Latin American
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: N/A or None of the above
Mysteries & Puzzles: Modest mystery element(s) to story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: Significant romantic themes


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About the author

Joey Carney

I was born in the great city of Springfield, MO, land of cow fields and green rivers that I still associate with good days skipping school. I have been a cook, a carpenter, a teacher, a lawn guy, a musician, and a night watchman. I grew up wishing I could dance and sing as well as I did in my dreams, but instead was too shy and spent great amounts of time getting drunk and singing songs to myself when no one was around. I am a writer and translator. I published in the literary journal Stratus and am currently working on a novel.