Two Deserts: Stories

Two Deserts: Stories

by Julie Brickman

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ISBN-13: 9781933435466
Publisher: Hopewell Publications, LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Author of the novel What Birds Can Only Whisper, Julie Brickman has published her work in the North American Review, The Louisville Review, Barcelona Review and other journals. She teaches on the faculty of Spalding University’s MFA in Writing Program in Louisville, Kentucky. Her honors include grants from the Canada Council, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and a writer-in-residence position at the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. Also a clinical psychologist, Brickman spent seventeen years in private practice before becoming a writer. A New Jersey girl, she now lives in Laguna Beach, California.

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Two Deserts: Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. What more can one ask of a book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 have 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.