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Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
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Dec 29, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 29, 2011 to January 03, 2012

Just about all families have at least one story of a mythical, mystical relative. In Urrea's family, that person was his great-aunt Teresita. This is the very necessary sequel to his first novel about her, The Hummingbird's Daughter. Of course there is magical realism here, since Teresita was a renowned curandera whom some (not herself) called a saint. But the real magic of these books is the humanity and humor found in the very flawed, profane, larger-than-life characters surrounding the Santa. Like most books by Mexican-American authors, there's a fair amount of Spanish dialogue, much of it not to be found in standard dictionaries. That said, it's not hard to get the drift when Teresa's father, his friends and ranch hands are fondly flinging abuse at each other. I read the books back-to-back and recommend that as the ideal way to go.

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Luis Alberto Thank you for posting this review, Mary. I agree: every family has a mythical relative!

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