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"One of the most vivid and engrossing family epics of the last 20 years." - Dave Eggers
"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death."
In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly 100, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel's half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.
Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.
The story of the de La Cruzes is the quintessential American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border. It takes us into a world we have not known, while reflecting back the hopes and dreams of our own families. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.
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By Massimiliano Giorgini on 03-14-18
Marvelous story read masterfully by the author!
The House of Broken Angels is a beautiful novel about a Mexican-American family and focuses on the relationship of two brothers as the older one prepares to die. Luis Urrea yet again creates a novel that feels like a transformative spiritual experience—no mean feat, and it has never been done better. Best yet, Urrea himself narrates this audio book, giving the words the inflections they were meant to possess, and in the intended accent—whether speaking English, Spanish or Spanglish. As an avid reader as well as a devourer of audio books, I could recommend this more highly.
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