Two Deserts by Julie Brickman
Deserts of sand and deserts of the heart, Middle Eastern deserts and American deserts: Two Deserts, a collection of stories, follows the circles of two unforgettable women across cultures and deserts. Adventure travel agent Emma Solace plunges into the impossible conflicts in an Arabian Gulf country. Her circles embrace her radically political lover Samir, 17 year-old Ayshah yearning for freedom, Muslim mother Maryam plotting to rescue her son from a jihadist movement. Writer Livia Skyer plummets into the heart desert when ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease strikes her beloved husband. Her circles include a hooker who is training her daughter for the life, an academic whose lust is depleting, a club of women whose husbands are dying, a priest who has fallen in love from the pulpit. A fierce and compassionate storyteller, Brickman's ability to articulate the deep and invisible currents of life is eloquent and remarkable.
PRAISE FOR TWO DESERTS:
Brickman's collection Two Deserts has its
darknesses, but also the startling, timely cultural
breadth and luminous grace scene for scene that she's
Brickman's storytelling takes many forms--for example,
the monologue of a mother fearful that her son will
become a martyr to jihad, the mythic charm of an Arabian
folk tale; even a riveting story completely rendered as
a list--all of them exhibiting her mastery of character
and place. You will be transported, as I was.
November 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Sheridan Stationery,
Books and Gallery, 206 Main Street, Sheridan, Wyoming
82801, Phone: 307-674-8088 or 888-266-5730
November 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., Laguna Beach Books, 1200 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Phone: 949-494-4779. Mark your calendar.
Brickmanís stories examine the breadth of loveólove
between mother and son, husband and wife; between those
ill and those well, those who lean extremist and those
who donít. The collection acknowledges myriad aspects of
Capital-L-Love: endurance, lust, dedication, and small,
bright sparks of joy."
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Julie Brickman's Two Deserts
What birds can only
whisper by Julie Brickman
Kendra Quillan is the leader of Survivors, a feminist/dyke band in Toronto poised for success. Her Ice Maiden mystique and guitar savvy are central to the band's musical success and her own persona, but her world begins to shatter when she wakes up beside the first lover she's had in a decade and wants to kill him.
Although the rest of the band has their own problems--Baker plays AIDS roulette with pick-ups, while Lena and Angel are looking for the right way to add a baby to their loving partnership--Kendra has to find out why she loves and hates Axel, a gentle environmentalist, and why she can't remember their times in bed.
What birds can only whisper is an engrossing novel about one woman's journey from imminent career success back into her past to confront her childhood. With the help of her lover and her friends in the band, she pieces together the puzzle of her past, a process that can lead to freedom or the brink of madness.
A clear and healing voice in the controversy about recovered memory and childhood sexual abuse. "This book is dedicated to the silenced inside us all."
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"Bold is too
heartless a word for Julie Brickman's stunning first
novel: brave. Fresh is too tame for her
sizzling style--try spectacular. This novel takes
us to the post-trauma depths of the psyche; it's like
being in a submarine whose searchlight makes us gasp at
never-before-seen crevasses, life-forms, seams of
fire--terrible and beautiful."
"Ever since Julie
Brickman brought her piece, Penis Blues, to my
workshop, I knew she was a writer to watch. A zippy new
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