Thorndike Press

Each of Us a Desert

  • Mark Oshiro
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 143288428X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884284
  • Shipping Weight: 1.85 lbs ( .84 kgs)
  • 704 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021

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An Award-Winning Author

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. 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.Age Range: 13-18 | Grade Level: 7-9 | Lexile Measure: NA


Customer Reviews

“A sincere journey through nuanced struggles: the weight of pain, how hope and complicity feed immigrant exploitation, and breaking flawed social cycles. This ambitious, organically Spanish-studded examination of trauma stays adventurous and accessible, resulting in a grace-filled, loving declaration of human value and worth.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Oshiro leaves mouths parched with their second novel. . . . The writing, akin to an atmospheric, novel-length poem, seamlessly weaving in Spanish and matter of- fact queer representation, is beautiful to read. Contemplative teens will appreciate this meaningful story about human existence.”

— Booklist

“Oshiro deftly weaves an intricate, allegorical, and often gory tale within a post-apocalyptic desert setting that readers will feel so viscerally they may very well need to reach for a glass of water. A meditation and adventure quest offering solace to anyone bearing an unfair burden.”

— Kirkus Reviews