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Desert Blood by Alicia Gaspar De Alba
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May 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2009
Read in May, 2009

Desert Blood is an incredible page turner! From the time I first picked it up, I wasn't able to put it down unless there was some that I absolutely had to do at that moment.

Alicia Gaspar De Alba weaves a horrifying, yet compelling fictional story around her research on the Juarez femicides, which is where women on the U.S./Mexico border are raped, tortured, mutilated, and murdered. The mystery and silence around these deaths are shocking and within her story, she moves the reader to consider different possible explanations. Although some people may criticize her level of skill in writing, I felt that the story she was telling was so riveting and the characters were drawn realistically, that it didn't really matter. Overall, her fictional story does a fantastic job of sending a very real message about what is happening in Juarez.

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