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by Maria Ferrer

Welcome to a new feature on The Latina Book Club 
Book Cover Fridays 

Every Friday we will be discussing book covers, because YES, we do judge books by their cover. They are so much fun, and book covers often times give clues as to what the book is truly about. 

Our book this week is Mark Oshiro’s EACH OF US A DESERT from Tor Teen.

The cover is so vibrant with color, the female silhouette, the pyramid, the moon (or is it the sun?!), and the desert. The landscape is both vast and narrow. We love the pyramid, a symbol of femininity and female empowerment. The silhouette carved on the pyramid says solitary so a solo journey. And the moon rising over the pyramid (or sun!) says triumph. It’s like a crown for an Mayan Queen.

Are we close? In EACH OF US A DESERT, our heroine Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match…if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

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PS: Email us your book covers if you would like to be featured on our Book Cover Fridays at Happy Reading.

Maria Ferrer is the founder of The Latina Book Club. She is an avid reader and hopeful writer, who enjoys promoting and supporting Latino writers of all genres. Her mantra: Read Latino Lit.