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Each of Us a Desert por Mark Oshiro
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Each of Us a Desert (edição 2020)

por Mark Oshiro (Autor)

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"Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit. One night, Xo's wish is granted--in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town's murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match--if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down"--Dust jacket flap.… (mais)
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Título:Each of Us a Desert
Autores:Mark Oshiro (Autor)
Informação:Tor Teen (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 432 pages
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i really loved the latinx and queer rep here, and how both central to the world building but peripheral to the story that it was. it was really nice to see that. their writing here is really well done, although also sometimes unusual in that everything was really hard to imagine/picture. there wasn't a lot of description, so sometimes i couldn't really see what was happening, and at times that made it a little hard to understand. (mostly i'm thinking of the creatures.) but generally speaking, this is a really beautifully done story about the stories we tell ourselves (ahem, religion) and how those can shape a community and a person, and how sometimes it's necessary to break free from those stories and the ways they can hold us back. also maybe something about the power of stories - of what we hold, of what we tell others, of what they can become when they're either kept or told. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jul 13, 2023 |
I wish I could have liked this story more. I loved the idea behind it, and the ending in particular. However the lead up to that was full of misses for me. The pacing of the story always felt a bit off, certain parts felt rushed while others seemed to drag on. There were also parts that were just straight up confusing, like many of the creatures that I just couldn't picture in my head due to lack of description (maybe it's just cultural lore that I don't know?).
I do think it's a book that's worth giving it a shot due to the overarching theme and ending that solidifies this sense of self idea. ( )
  kayfeif | Jul 7, 2022 |
Each of Us a Desert follows Xochtil, a cuentista (storyteller) of her village; a teenage girl who takes the stories of people and gives them back to the sun, forgetting them as soon as the ritual is over. After taking a story from Manolito, Xochtil leaves her village to rid herself of her powers. Emilia, the daughter of Xochtil's murderous "mayor", comes to help her. Along the way she meets others, taking their stories as well as she tries to figure out the real meaning to why she is here.

This took me quite a few pages to get into, but once I did, I was reading it every minute that I could. I couldn't get enough. The first 50 pages or so Mark Oshiro gives you the ground floor of what this story is about, but they always give you a few things here and there that you don't really register are even important until much later on. Worldbuilding for fantasy is always a bit tricky, and in my experience, a lot of words to get everything right. But as I said before, it was worth it to keep going. Besides, if a story takes a bit to get started, I usually don't realize then that I will be so submerged into it until I'm eyeballs deep! This novel is definitely a slow burn but it's full of great stories.

Oshiro did this amazing trick within the writing where he had multiple short stories woven into it, but that also fit well into the story. They all still had their own beginning, middle, and end. No story was not needed, for those stories built onto the larger tale that was being told.

I did keep up Google translate a lot for this reading. Spanish words were sometimes mixed in with English words. Most of the time, context would play a part in figuring out what was said or mentioned and sometimes it was translated after, but I did find it helpful to keep that up. I've only studied Spanish a little bit here and there and this book actually helped me learn new words!

This book is an in-depth look at love, loss, secrets, faith, and figuring out oneself. It's a slow burn read, and might take quite a few pages to get into, but I promise, if you enjoy magical realism and coming of age stories with a lyrical voice, you'll enjoy this book. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
This book is too unique and fully self-embodied to give it any lower than 4 stars. I'm not sure Mark Oshiro's writing is for me... but maybe that's because they're challenging me more than I'm used to? The closest read-alike I can think of is Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. ( )
  SamMusher | Jul 16, 2021 |
I finished this several days ago and I'm still thinking about it. My heart is still in the desert with Xo and Emilia, thinking about all the layers of this intricately built queer Latinx fantasy world. It's a gorgeous, deftly written lyric of a book, at times so intense I had to take breaks from it. Another top tier novel from Mark Oshiro, and I can't wait to read their next book, whenever that comes out and whatever that may be. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
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"Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit. One night, Xo's wish is granted--in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town's murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match--if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down"--Dust jacket flap.

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