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Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
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Mar 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-books-read
Read from March 29 to May 01, 2012 — I own a copy

I *had* to read this; The Hummingbird's Daughter was one of the best books I've read and I couldn't miss the sequel. Like most sequels, it wasn't as magical as the original. And that's not really anyone's fault - this book is fiction but it's based on the real life of Teresa de Cabora, so it had to follow the path that she did. Teresita's life in America just wasn't as exciting as her life in Mexico. I'm not sure whether it's the change in countries or the social changes taking place at the time, but Teresa's life in America is filled with promises unfulfilled. She is misunderstood, used, and mistreated. I wanted so badly for her life to be lived under more positive circumstances, but the facts are the facts, and in many ways her life is better than that of many immigrants to the US in the early 20th century. The writing was just as good as the first book - I got lost in the world created by the author - and I would recommend it for the writing alone.
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