Sonora

Sonora

Book - 2017
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"Ahlam, the daughter of a Palestinian refugee and his Israeli wife, grows up in the arid lands of desert suburbia outside of Phoenix. In a stark landscape where coyotes prowl and mysterious lights occasionally pass through the nighttime sky, Ahlam's imagination reigns. She battles chronic fever dreams and isolation. When she meets her tempestuous counterpart Laura, the two fall into infatuated partnership, experimenting with drugs and sex, and watching helplessly as a series of mysterious deaths claim high school classmates. The girls flee their pasts for New York City, but as their emotional bond heightens, the intensity of their lives becomes unbearable. In search of love, ecstasy, oblivion, and belonging, Ahlam and Laura's drive to outrun the ghosts of home threatens to undo them altogether"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781616957926
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 21 cm

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Feb 05, 2019

A beautiful book, prose much more like poetry. So effective in creating atmosphere and conveying emotion. Reminds me of a more mature Francesca Lia Block in a way. Broaches serious topics of identity and connection. I loved it dearly and am sure I will return to it again in the future.

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