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He floated toward me, like a piñata dangling from a rope. The grease drippings shone like amber. He looked directly into my eyes. He was so beautiful. His hair was blond and a little curly. He had a beard, just like Jesus Christ. He said, "Your daughter is not dead."This is a miracle indeed, since Esperanza, a young widow, has recently lost her 12-year-old daughter during a routine tonsillectomy. But when the saint appears to her with his glad tidings, the bereaved mother begins to wonder if her daughter might not have been spirited away by unscrupulous doctors and sold into white slavery. Determined to reclaim her child, Esperanza hits the road, embarking on a picaresque journey that will take her from her little Mexican town to the brothels of Tijuana and eventually to Los Angeles. Along the way she meets a variety of colorful characters including a professional wrestler who just may be the man to change our heroine's mind about never marrying again.
If at times Escandón's blithe tale seems tailor-made for movies, that's because it is. In addition to writing both English and Spanish versions of the novel, she has also authored the screenplay for Esperanza's film debut. In the case of Esperanza's Box of Saints, the cinematic touches nicely complement the book's larger-than-life characters, from best friend and fellow-widow Soledad, or poor Father Salvador, the hapless recipient of Esperanza's occasionally X-rated confessions, to Angel, the keeper of her heart. All in all, this is a book guaranteed to charm and amuse. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Shortly after the widowed Esperanza is told her only child has died in surgery, Saint Judas Tadeo appears as a reflection in her dirty oven window and tells her that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leslie N. Patino
This was a book with an implausible storyline, but entertaining and well written. This is a story of loss, friendship, and faith. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mona AlvaradoFrazier
This is a fun trip into innocence amidst sin. The outlook of the main character is endearing and magnetic. The author also provides a peek into Mexican Catholic culture. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I guess my big problem was that I expected something else. I've been reading Cisneros, Rivera and Hinojosa and I figured this would be a good one too. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by D. Garcia
i wish i could get my money back for this one.most of the time i would say that the book is better then the movie but this time it is the complete opposite, if you are going to... Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by Andrea Diane Barker
I read this book after having read Maria Escandon's book "Gonzalez & Daughter". It was a great read and different from any other book I have read which was refreshing. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by booklover
This was SUCH an enjoyable read. Very fun. I have really enjoyed reading Hispanic culture fiction and this is one of the best I've read. Read morePublished on March 13, 2008 by Patricia Truty
"Esperanza's Box of Saints" is a novel that, despite its digestible lenght, not once failed to deliver all the heart, laughs and depth one would wish to see in such a spiritual... Read morePublished on November 6, 2007 by Hector M. Valenzuela V
Our reading group read this book. It was a wonderful story for discussion!! Esperanza has lost her daughter and believes she is still alive. Read morePublished on February 13, 2007 by Christine A. Young