Caught in a bizarre love triangle, Lynda Schor’s three characters cruise the border towns of Texas and Mexico, alternately harassed by drug dealers, traffickers, and border patrol guards. At turns funny, sexy and creepy, Dearth is a literary road novel that takes the reader on a journey that is part dreamscape, part film noir, part meditation on the immigration issues of our time—toward a climax that is unforgettable! The pages just fly by. This is her best book yet!
Kelly Watt, Mad Dog, U.S. edition, HSE
Camino Meditations, HSE
Dearth: The details are scintillating, grainy and glorious. Truly compelling! By which I mean that Schor definitely got the drop on border funk and rascuachismo. There’s always a homely, menacing, half-familiar threat to the U.S.—Mexico border, and the atmosphere of Dearth registers it perfectly. Identity is slippery, and accounts are unreliable. We’re ready for body parts to appear in trash bags beside the highway, as central character Ray, an outsider, still numb from the death of his wife, travels with a married couple he hasn’t seen for years, and winds up in love with the wife.
Philip Garrison, Because I Don’t Have Wings: Stories of Mexican Immigrant Life, The University of Arizona Press, and Augury, The University of Georgia Press
Lynda Schor’s mesmerizing new thriller explores the physical and mental contours of the Texas-Mexican border for the three main characters wandering its perimeters. Schor’s longtime fans will delight in Dearth’s suspense, psychological acuity and its strange surrealism, and new readers will be dazzled by her traditional sensuous details.
Carole Rosenthal, It Doesn’t Have To Be Me, Hamilton Stone Editions
Dearth delivers three kinds of intertwined mysteries—missing persons, international intrigue, and murder—each brimming with action and suspense. But Dearth is also a novel of
social protest, with multiple targets—the brutality of the Border Patrol, the cruelty of the “coyotes” that prey on helpless immigrants, the callousness of the Americans who live along the Mexican border. Border. Just there is the metaphor that, bone and artery, ties the novel together. Borders. The Texas/Mexico border of course.
Eugene K. Garber
Lynda Schor is the author of five collections of short fiction, including The Body Parts Shop, and, Sexual Harassment Rules. Her prizewinning fiction and nonfiction has been published in many anthologies, magazines, and literary journals, including, Playboy, GQ, and Ms. She has taught fiction writing at a number of colleges and universities, among them, Florida International University, Western Washington University, and Pratt Institute. She was a faculty member of the Lang College of The New School for twenty-six years. She is currently living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. DEARTH is her first novel.