Blue Desert: A Novel

Blue Desert: A Novel

by Celia Jeffries


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"Crossing continents, cultures, and history, this story of one woman's ordeal and renewal is filled with hope and generosity. Alice is a remarkable character whose bravery and determination are as much a part of her survival as her expansive heart, curiosity, and capacity for forgiveness....Blue Desert [is] an exquisite, expansive, and transporting novel."

-Hester Kaplan, author of The Tell

"In sumptuously detailed prose, Celia Jeffries weaves a fascinating, troubling tale of cultures colliding. She lures us deep into the desert, deep into the past, and deep into her imagination. A wild, gripping story, well told!"

-Debra Immergut, author of Captives and You, Again

"Blue Desert sweeps us into Alice's astounding modern odyssey, transporting us between Northern Africa and England, between childhood and old age, between the riveting external world and its secret internal workings. With sensual detail, Jeffries blurs the boundaries between countries, between violence and desire, suffering and compassion, art and reality, until we're aching with the narrator to reach home..."

- Chris Jacox, author of Bears Dancing in the Northern Air, Yale Younger Poets' Series

"This book will astound you."

-Lesléa Newman, activist and author of I Wish My Father

"An exquisite story about a woman finding her place, in the outer landscape of her surroundings as well as the inner landscape of her heart."

-Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings

"Blue Desert is a sweeping epic of family, adventure, love and the people and places that leave indelible marks on our hearts. Told in vivid, lyrical prose, and spanning decades, cultures, and continents, Blue Desert is a fierce, unflinching tale that is both deeply historical and uncannily relevant to our era. Beautifully written and deeply felt, Alice's story of life in the Sahara desert among the Tuareg-and all that comes after-opens a window between two vastly different cultures that will enchant and transport readers."

-Joy Baglio, Founder of Pioneer Valley Writing Workshop

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578690442
Publisher: Rootstock Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2021
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 553,534
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Jeffries' work has appeared in numerous newspapers and literary magazines including Westview, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Puerto del Sol, as well as the anthology "Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper." She has received grants from Turkey Land Cove Foundation, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, and La Muse.

Jeffries, who holds an MA from Brandeis, worked in news and educational publishing before earning an MFA from Lesley University. She has taught writing at all levels, from elementary to university and adult education. Her writing has been nurtured in the community of writers in Western Massachusetts, where she is honored to be on the steering committee of Straw Dog Writers Guild, and where she offers workshops at Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop. Visit her website,

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