Two Deserts



⚣ [PDF] ✅ Two Deserts By Julie Brickman ✰ – E17streets4all.co.uk Deserts of sand and deserts of the heart, Middle Eastern deserts and American deserts Two Deserts, a collection of stories, spans cultures and deserts Adventure travel agent Emma Solace plunges into t Deserts of sand and deserts of the heart, Middle Eastern deserts and American deserts Two Deserts, a collection of stories, spans 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,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.Two Deserts

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  • Paperback
  • 202 pages
  • Two Deserts
  • Julie Brickman
  • English
  • 05 June 2019
  • 1933435461

10 thoughts on “Two Deserts

  1. says:

    As the title and cover suggests, two main characters Emma and Livia are the focus of these stories, and each is living in a desert, one literal and the other metaphorical While this suggests a study of contrast, I found myselfimpressed with the movement and energy in the story telling There is an enormous range of setting, topic, and conflict in these stories, and each story individually was compelling, fresh, and dynamic The stories engage the reader because this energy and range exemp As the title and cover suggests, two main characters Emma and Livia are the focus of these stories, and each is living in a desert, one literal and the other metaphorical While this suggests a study of contrast, I found myselfimpressed with the movement and energy in the story telling There is an enormous range of setting, topic, and conflict in these stories, and each story individually was compelling, fresh, and dynamic The stories engage the reader because this energy and range exemplified by the collection s contents are mirrored in the prose Brickman s writing casts these story elements around the reader, ensnaring us in a web that is never predictable or linear The writing, like the collection and women featured therein, is bold and fearless The Night at the Souk opens the collection with a headlong and fearless journey of Emma, a Westerner now working in the Middle East, as she seeks to melt into her surroundings and become one with these people she has studied so thoroughly The Cop, the Hooker and the Ridealong packs a punch because it weaves together several disparate, potent storylines Livia, a psychologist who has worked for the police, is concerned that her neighbor might be violent she recalls counseling a young sex worker who was brought into the profession by her mother and Livia recounts her husband s diagnosis of ALS Lou Gehrig s disease The movement throughout these woven storylines is evocative, gripping, and creates a nice resonance Message from Ayshah is a letter to Emma from the Arab daughter of Emma s employer it s a youthful and excited letter about a young woman s admiration of this foreign business woman and her desires to see the world and break free from the constraints of her homeland s customs The Dying Husbands Dinner Club is just what the title suggests, and Livia gets together with other women for support the story is full of black humor and bittersweet unflinching honesty, also shared in Gear of a Marriage An Empty Quarter is about Samir s mother Samir being Emma s colleague as she tries to accept her son growing up, and a reflection on his being seduced into terrorism this story is a study of many aspects of Middle Eastern culture, all within the point of view framework of Muslim Motherhood Supermax speculates on Ted Kaczynski, Ramzi Yousef, and Timothy McVeigh sharing yard time together in prison, and explored the psychology of very different terrorists End of Lust is a humorous and almost pity inspiring poke at male chauvinism by turns, this story is about a middle aged man reaching emotional maturity, or a womanizer falling prey to feminism, or a story of impotence it s both a thought provoking look at the politics and psychology of sexual relations, and a light hearted jab at men s libido and the world of academe In The Rainbow Range, Emma and tour guide Muhammad must rescue a lost tourist in the desert from the threat of quicksand The Back of Her contrasts Livia s day to day struggles caring for her husband with her symbolic dreams of escape The Lonely Priest is about a gay priest in the Alaskan wilderness struggling to reconcile his faith with his earthly desires, in the wake of his adopted son s suicide

  2. says:

    I found Two Deserts remarkably refreshing Some stories are interconnected, while some are not, yet each explores a unique and thought provoking facet of the human experience Love, loss, lust, desire, sexual orientation, death, feminism, sexism, religion, adolescent egocentrism you name it, Brickman rocked it From sensory detail packed exploration of faraway lands to a male professor coping with contentious female student induced impotence to the poetic and heart wrenching list of essentials p I found Two Deserts remarkably refreshing Some stories are interconnected, while some are not, yet each explores a unique and thought provoking facet of the human experience Love, loss, lust, desire, sexual orientation, death, feminism, sexism, religion, adolescent egocentrism you name it, Brickman rocked it From sensory detail packed exploration of faraway lands to a male professor coping with contentious female student induced impotence to the poetic and heart wrenching list of essentials purchased by someone losing a spouse with a debilitating terminal illness, male and female readers alike will find an abundance of moments to connect with and reflect upon Given the current state of world affairs, I ve been neck deep in articles about the conflict in Syria, so beginning a collection with a number of stories set in the Middle East written by an author with the ability to craft sense of place with such intricate realism immediately told me that I was in good hands Brickman further solidified her permanent place on my favorite authors list with enchantingly subtle moments of character development such as in The Night at the Souk when Emma refers to her own Arabic as butchered and endearingly croons, Arabiana, a self proclaimed nickname inspired by her love of the strange new land she s struggling to confidently navigate Undoubtedly, a western girl of my own heart, Emma experiences all of the same worries and concerns I imagine myself experiencing if I were in her sandals on a self conscious quest to finesse Middle Eastern commerce and purchase the native garb intending to don it with respect, all the while fearful of reproach And I haven t even begun to comment on The Cop, the Hooker and the Ridealong This woman is a master story teller Highly recommended

  3. says:

    I don t often read collections of short stories, and I have to make an effort to engage with that literary form in general However, Julie Brickman s collection Two Deserts was an easy exception to make The stories were seamlessly connected as far as I was concerned Many shared a first person narrator who was personally accessible, sharp and opinionated, and personally relatable from my point of view The third person narrators for the other stories in the collection shared these key qualities I don t often read collections of short stories, and I have to make an effort to engage with that literary form in general However, Julie Brickman s collection Two Deserts was an easy exception to make The stories were seamlessly connected as far as I was concerned Many shared a first person narrator who was personally accessible, sharp and opinionated, and personally relatable from my point of view The third person narrators for the other stories in the collection shared these key qualities of clarity and accessibility At just under 200 pages, this collection packs a lot of punch Author Julie Brickman seems to know what she s about, has a lot to say, and I m eager to see what she ll write next.Brickman s narrations of different characters experiences as an outsider e.g as a Western woman in Arab lands, as an observer of police operations, etc were especially impressive to me in that she established the context of her characters unique situations with incredible speed and specificity.I won a copy of this remarkable text through a Goodreads giveaway for what it s worth I also was privy to an electronic galley, courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

  4. says:

    This was an ok read Not what I was expecting The title Two Deserts gives one the illusion that the story follows two women, through choices of their lives, but, it gives short stories of their lives, never reaching the conclusion to them There are several stories in this book, one of which lost me totally while reading it I do understand the concept of the book of following ones heart, making decisions that every day people have to make Living with and caring for sick husbands, knowing the This was an ok read Not what I was expecting The title Two Deserts gives one the illusion that the story follows two women, through choices of their lives, but, it gives short stories of their lives, never reaching the conclusion to them There are several stories in this book, one of which lost me totally while reading it I do understand the concept of the book of following ones heart, making decisions that every day people have to make Living with and caring for sick husbands, knowing the potential for abuse and contemplating if it should be reported, making a choice to leave ones faith for love and list goes on While this wasn t a bad read, I would liked to have known the conclusion of the stories of the women Did the one save her son Did the daughter break away and move to the states Did the one leave her husband, or continued to care for him To me, this book left many unanswered questions I am sure that Ms Brickman is a good writer, but this book makes me not want to readby her

  5. says:

    As a lover of the short story art form, and a fan of Julie Brickman, I couldn t wait to dive into this beautiful collection Two Deserts couldn t be afitting title, as Brickman so emphatically weaves together the sands of a middle eastern desert, and the inner soul desert of loss, grief, and the loneliness that often accompanies terminal illness In the The Cop, the Hooker the Ridealong , the character Livia says, I understood that the truth was too diminishing to bear except in glimps As a lover of the short story art form, and a fan of Julie Brickman, I couldn t wait to dive into this beautiful collection Two Deserts couldn t be afitting title, as Brickman so emphatically weaves together the sands of a middle eastern desert, and the inner soul desert of loss, grief, and the loneliness that often accompanies terminal illness In the The Cop, the Hooker the Ridealong , the character Livia says, I understood that the truth was too diminishing to bear except in glimpses , and I think that s what this collection does for us Brickman masterfully weaves together the truth of dry and difficult seasons, but she does so in glimpses that are bearable to the human heart, glimpses that are beautiful, warm, breathtaking and often strangely joyful glimpses that leave her readers stunned that someone besides themselves was able to so aptly put a name to places so deeply embedded in the heart that the very act of calling it by name feels like a cool drink of water, a promise that healing can and will, one day, come.Read it It s beautiful

  6. says:

    Julie Brickman s Two Deserts is a tender, wide ranging collection that captures the essence of as varied a cast as a hooker,a group of women whose husbands are dying, and a Muslim mother The superbly crafted stories tantalize, beginning with their titles The Cop, the Hooker, and the Ridealong and The Dying Husbands Dinner Club The stories do not disappoint Of note is the sophisticated yet heartbreaking tale Gear of a Marriage which employs lists to tell the story of the beginning of a Julie Brickman s Two Deserts is a tender, wide ranging collection that captures the essence of as varied a cast as a hooker,a group of women whose husbands are dying, and a Muslim mother The superbly crafted stories tantalize, beginning with their titles The Cop, the Hooker, and the Ridealong and The Dying Husbands Dinner Club The stories do not disappoint Of note is the sophisticated yet heartbreaking tale Gear of a Marriage which employs lists to tell the story of the beginning of a blissful marriage to the slow death of a spouse While we are anticipating the end, it s still gut wrenching.Seldom does one have the pleasure of reading stories that cover such emotional and geographical expanses While I found that each story was very different, they all collectively added to my knowledge base of what it is to be human Whatcan one ask of a book

  7. says:

    This poignant collection of short stories is tied together by the deserts people confront their experiences of them, the ways they are enriched, they ways they are made desolate It s a book with a soul The stories are fast paced, and are told with fearless realism coupled with a deep sense of humanity The reader is immersed in the setting, the culture, and the characters Characterization is complex, and the respect the author has for the characters she creates is evident Occasionally, for This poignant collection of short stories is tied together by the deserts people confront their experiences of them, the ways they are enriched, they ways they are made desolate It s a book with a soul The stories are fast paced, and are told with fearless realism coupled with a deep sense of humanity The reader is immersed in the setting, the culture, and the characters Characterization is complex, and the respect the author has for the characters she creates is evident Occasionally, for this reader, the plot tension falters, especially in the first story, but in most of the stories that is not the case, and some are page turners

  8. says:

    I picked up the last copy of Two Deserts today at Laguna Beach books and devoured the first story before I d even left the store With blustery weather today, I have kept reading through severalof the stories and truly admire what Julie Brickman has done Brickman s writing is intelligent and moves easily across challenging settings and situations, bringing the reader into worlds that are tangible and relevant Evoking the real life of women is so rare on the bookshelves, so finding Brickm I picked up the last copy of Two Deserts today at Laguna Beach books and devoured the first story before I d even left the store With blustery weather today, I have kept reading through severalof the stories and truly admire what Julie Brickman has done Brickman s writing is intelligent and moves easily across challenging settings and situations, bringing the reader into worlds that are tangible and relevant Evoking the real life of women is so rare on the bookshelves, so finding Brickman is a real joy

  9. says:

    Julie Brickman s Two Deserts is a beautifully written collection of eclectic short stories that kept my interest throughout and kept me wanting to readof the characters I still hope to seeof Emma and Livia in future books I found myself lost in the language, in the landscapes, and in the characters Treat yourself to an original set of stories, find the unexpected, and enjoy yourself

  10. says:

    This story collection demonstrates Brickman s skill as a writer and her compassion as a human Characters are richly portrayed in settings made real by just the right amount of description My favorite among all the pieces in this excellent collection is Marriage Gear So much is conveyed with so few well chosen words Heartbreaking.

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