Desert: An Anthology of Short Stories. By Everardo Torrez. ISBN: 978-1-951088-06-4 .
The volatile tensions between rival Mexican-American families, a boy’s maternal love clouded by thoughts of revenge, a prostitute’s desire to love, a teenage farm worker yearning to belong in a world as tenuous as a dream. These are among the pitfalls with which the characters in Desert joust. A mosaic of nine short stories, Desert explores the lives of Mexican immigrants inhabiting the farms of South-Central Idaho during the 1980’s and early 1990’s via a chorus of historically marginalized voices calling out their hopes, fears, pain, and triumphs. It is an evolution of reconciliation and survival, the fleeting innocence of adolescence, and the disillusionment of adulthood. Desert lends a visceral perspective to the struggles of Mexican immigrants in rural America. Layered with stirring characters and surreal mindscapes, this short-story collection is a sojourn into a labyrinth of human emotions often ignored or forgotten.
EVERARDO TORREZ was born in Michoacán, Mexico in 1972 and grew up on a sugar-beet farm in Kimama, Idaho. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California in 1996. Winner of the Grand Prize, University of Alaska Fairbanks Press Fiction Contest in 1997 and Honorable Mention in the Edward Moses Fiction Contest at the University of Southern California, Torrez has written and published several short stories that focus on the cultural polarization and synthesis that defines the Mexican-American experience. His work has appeared in anthologies such as Cold-dril and Fugue Magazine. His 2003 novel, Narco, won Best Adventure Novel at the 2004 Latino Literary Festival. Torrez lives in Boise, ID where he, in addition to writing, runs an interpretation and translation business. He is the father of Ivan, Isabel-Sofia, and Emilio.