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Queen of America: A Novel Hardcover – November 28, 2011
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Praise for QUEEN OF AMERICA:
"'Who is more of an outlaw than a saint?'" one of Luis Urrea's characters poses. The answer is this ferocious, ribald romance of the border. Jaunty, bawdy, gritty, sweet, Queen of America has a bottomless comic energy and a heart large enough to accept-even revel in-all of human folly."―Stewart O'Nan, author of Emily Alone and Songs for the Missing
"Captivating...With deft humor and a poetic lyricism that seamlessly folds one scene into another, Urrea unfolds the story of his real-life great-aunt Teresita, a teenage saint who was known for healing miracles... Each scene in Queen of America unfurls gracefully like delicate wisps of smoke. Whether Teresita is being held captive in Northern California by a band of profiteering medical professionals, or being feted like a queen in New York's social circles, this epic novel paints a portrait of America-and its inhabitants-with grace and style. It will spark fire in readers' hearts."―Megan Fishmann, Bookpage
"Urrea delights in the texture of things. Turn-of-the-century America, particularly New York, comes alive at his fingertips: He sees both the silk and the mud... In imagining the story of his great-aunt Teresita, Urrea might have chosen to make her a hero; that would have been easier. What we get is more complicated, more modern... Hers is the story of what it means to have a gift, and how a talent can also be a burden."―Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
"Colorful [and] exuberant."―Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
"A magnificent work of literary alchemy, so masterfully infused with myth and history, you will feel these characters in your heart, your gut. You will grieve for their immortal souls."―Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"A gritty, bold, and much-anticipated sequel to The Hummingbird's Daughter... Fiercely romantic and at times heartbreaking but also full of humor, Urrea's latest novel blends fairy tale, Western adventure, folk tale, and historical drama. Fans of Hummingbird and readers new to Urrea's work will surely enjoy this magnificent, epic novel."―Library Journal
About the Author
Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of, among other books, The Devil's Highway, The Hummingbird's Daughter, and Into the Beautiful North. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Prize, the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Literary Award, a Western States Book Award, a Colorado Book Award, an Edgar Award and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.
Top customer reviews
I wanted to find out what happened to Teresita and her father Tomas once they left Mexico. I wanted to learn if they ever meet up with Gabriel and some of the other characters again (from the first book). I wanted to know if she would end up finding a man to marry - did she have children? What became of all her followers and her gift of healing? This book is answering those things for me, plus more. All sorts of interesting things happen to them in America. It's very entertaining to me. And just so well written.
I'm using "Immersion Reading" with this on my Kindle. That means I can read it with my eyes and listen to Mr. Urrea reading it aloud at the same time. This is fantastic because he pronounces all those Spanish words and phrases that I cannot. He makes it seem more real because he's reading his own work. He knows all about these people. Who better to read this than the author? Nobody.
I may update this review once I finish the book - I'm 2/3'rds of the way done. We'll see how it ends. Ending are always so important.