After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love?
At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, and riotously funny, Queen of America reconfirms Luis Alberto Urrea's status as a writer of the first rank.
"Queen of America magically spins a vibrant, larger-than-life fiction based on the "Saint of Cabora." (Vanity Fair)
"Enchanting...Fantastical...Urrea has stitched a seamless end to the saga." (New York Times)
"Colorful [and] exuberant." (Wall Street Journal)
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Urrea does it again
I loved Urrea's narration. He is a funny and animated reader and of course since he wrote the book, all the little nuances are included in the reading. His love of his characters comes through in his voice.
The book itself is a description of a part of Mexico few know about. It's an important work to describe people that have been stereotyped. We see the real lives of real individuals. How people living in abject poverty still have dignity, generosity and determination.
I was particularly moved when the struggling kids where rescued by a couple that lived in an abandoned dump. Funny delightful people that had next to nothing and yet were willing to share the little they had.
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Lyrical, passionate, transporting
The vividness and reality of what it would be like to be a saint or to live with one.
The beautifully alive Spanish and the wry humor.
Thomas, for his living life fully with all his flaws and his being a larger-than-life rogue that made me laugh, when I wasn't wanting to kick him.
No one in our book club made it through the entire book, read or audible.
- Tuesday's child