The Journal of Antonio Montoya is the first book of the Guadalupe series. When little Jose Montoya’s parents are killed one August morning by a cow, his Tia Ramona and his Tio Flavio are troubled by how best to raise the boy. After the funeral, they drive to their childhood home behind the village office, but “before they reach the house, the front door swung open and Ramona’s grandfather, Epolito Montoya, who had been dead for thirteen years, stood in the doorway. ‘Why are you out in the rain?’ he said. ”Ramona has returned reluctantly to this isolated village in northern New Mexico and to the family that never lets go. As she tries to build a modern life here on her own terms, and still to care for young Jose, she discovers that she can reach through time, see the richness of her heritage, and reclaim riches, knowledge, art that disappeared generations ago. In fact, she can speak with her ancestors and learn their stories. These, finally, are the fortunes she will try to pass on to Jose.
"Collignon delivers his own engaging brand of magical realism with a spare style, deadpan humor and bracingly fresh descriptions." (Publishers Weekly)
"Strongly reminiscent of the magic realism of Garcia Marquez, this is an enchanting work by a new writer." (Library Journal)
"In this quirky story death is neither mighty nor dreadful enough to be climactic." (The New York Times Book Review, Andy Solomon)
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