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304 pages, Paperback
First published March 1, 2000
“There are two easy ways to die in the desert: thirst and drowning.”
“So everything living down here has got to be able to survive cataclysm because cataclysm brings life."
"It is not only drought that makes this a desert; it is all the water that cannot be seen."
“The secret knowledge of water is nothing but desire. It saturates everything in the desert.”
"My god, I thought, I prayed, pummel us down here. Ravage us. Please. …
"The boulder sent heat straight through my body, up my raised arms to the sky. The clouds were dark with water, bulging down as if about to rip open. A few drops of rain fell. Fat drops. I closed my eyes, turned my head upward. One hit my cheek. My first rain since sometime in the late winter or spring. But that had been a different kind of rain. So much desire in the summer desert. So much goddamned, furious desire. I was begging out loud, holding my hands up.
“It did not come."