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Each of Us a Desert
de Mark Oshiro
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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.
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.
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.
*I received a free ARC through Shelf Awareness
This was a difficult book to rate (and review), but the book was so beautifully written and original (something that rarely happens in fantasy). At it's heart, this book is a young woman's journey to discover the truth about what she had been taught to believe about her duties to her people, and her desire to chose how to live life for herself.
-character's looks are not described in detail, nor are characters defined by their looks/ beauty
-the mixture of Spanish and English was confusing at times
-abstract setting left me confused a few times as to what was going on
Overall, highly recommended to those who are interested in a different and unique character- driven fantasy.
"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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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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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. ( )