“The landscape started hard, sharp black mountains over my shoulder and thirsty young saguaros hugging patchy dirt. Gradually it let go, began to green on me a little. I crossed a river, watched succulents get fatter and farmland start to wave, hoarding the blue above and the few clouds it had to spare.
"I knew the route somehow, knew the curves, the directions, the exact way to go. I knew it the way you know the stars are still up in the sky even though white sun obscures them. Everything that had happened before Lukeville and Sonoita began to liquify in memory, feeling more like fiction than personal history. Funerals and pain, girlfriends and mothers, roommates and priests all tumble away with the desert behind me. The only thing that's real is the road I see ahead."
― Peter Arellano in TORPOR
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WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO.
Set in the 1990s, TORPOR tells the story of a man searching for his father — and coming to terms with his own identity in the process. At 27-years-old, Peter — or is it Pedro? — is about to wake up from prolonged emotional hibernation to discover what really makes him tick. Follow him on his journey from L.A. to Phoenix to the tropical, mosquito-brined coast of Mexico — an oh-so-human departure from numb suffering into the fearless terrain of wild awakening.
TORPOR: Though the Heart is Warm explores themes of identity, self-deception and spells we inadvertently allow family to imprint on us — spells we must learn to break.