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Climax Public Library ASS (Text) 33500012510418 Main Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library ASS (Text) 33500012510426 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781616957926
  • ISBN: 1616957921
  • Physical Description: 196 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, Inc., [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.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 January #1
    The daughter of a Palestinian-refugee father and an Israeli mother, Ahlam grows up in the desert near Phoenix, her childhood consumed by her desire to meet the enticing Laura and by the fever dreams that consume her sleep. Ahlam finally meets the fascinating, dangerous Laura as a freshman in high school, and the two bond, being called, variously, goths, gross lesbians, witches, or ugly freaks. Their lives seem to be cursed, pervaded by death until, at 18, they move to New York, where Ahlam hopes to become a dancer, and Laura, a singer. But dreams are fleeting things, and hope is soon replaced by a haze of drugs and alcohol as their lives spiral out of control. Assadi's first novel is—like Ahlam's dreams—fevered, fragmented, and impressionistic. Its language is lushly poetic—leaves make "a shivery melody"—but occasionally strained: a man's presence is "gorgeous as if being crushed in lush velvet while cascading off the edge of a cliff." Though the novel takes itself very seriously, it will interest those looking for a stylish read. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Hannah Lillith Assadi received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts. She was raised in Arizona by her Jewish mother and Palestinian father. She lives in Brooklyn. Sonora is her first novel.

Subject: Teenage girls > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
Infatuation > Fiction.
Sonoran Desert > Fiction.
Phoenix (Ariz.) > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
FICTION > Coming of Age.
FICTION > Literary.
Female friendship.
Infatuation
Teenage girls
Arizona > Phoenix.
New York (State) > New York.
North America > Sonoran Desert.
Genre: Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Bildungsromans

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