The House of Broken Angels Lib/E
The definitive Mexican-American immigrant story, at once intimate and epic, from an acclaimed storyteller
In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel De La Cruz, known affectionately as Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader. Across one bittersweet weekend 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 tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought them 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 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. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and it cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.
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About the Author
Luis Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss, and triumph. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Prize, the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Literary Award, a Western States Book Award, a Colorado Book Award, an Edgar Award, and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother, he has published extensively in all the major genres. The critically acclaimed and bestselling author of over a dozen books, he has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction, and essays. After serving as a relief worker in Tijuana and a film extra and columnist-editor-cartoonist for several publications, he moved to Boston, where he taught expository writing and fiction workshops at Harvard. He has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College and the University of Colorado and was the writer in residence at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
This humane and often laugh-out-loud-hilarious novel is a first-generation family saga.-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"
A whirling fiesta of a book...Filled with intelligence and wickedly funny cultural commentary.-- "People"
A big, messy, warmhearted epic...Generous to the last breath.-- "Entertainment Weekly"
[A] highly entertaining story.-- "New York Times"
The breadth of characters in the novel...highlight the diversity of the Mexican American community at a time when alt-right rhetoric has been reducing it a malevolent threat.-- "Los Angeles Times"
A big, sprawling, messy, sexy, raucous house party of a book.-- "Washington Post"
A big, epic story about how hard it is to love with all of your heart and all of your family-regardless of which side of the border they live on.-- "Boston Globe"
The quintessential American story...reflecting back on the hopes and dreams of our own families.-- " Chicago Review of Books"
To the roster of unforgettable American families in literature, we can now add a new name: de la Cruz...The House of Broken Angels presents the de la Cruzes in all their heartbreaking and comic complexity-as real to us as our own families, wherever we came from.-- "Literary Hub"
Even in its saddest moments, The House of Broken Angels hums with joy. Big Angel spends much of the book listing what he's grateful for...All that vulnerability, combined with humor and celebration and Urrea's vivid prose, will crack you open. At least while you're reading, this book will make you vulnerable, too.-- "NPR"
By the time you're done reading, you'll feel as if you're part of the family too.-- "BuzzFeed"
With a knowing smile in his voice and a leisurely, welcoming cadence, author-narrator Urrea skillfully delivers a celebration that is a riot of laughter, sorrow, and redemption.-- "American Library Association (audio review)"
Urrea's dizzying new novel...takes its rightful place alongside the best contemporary accounting of what it means to belong in this country of endless otherness...The narrative [is]sometimes bittersweet, sometimes uproarious...[and] every page comes alive with scent, taste and, perhaps most movingly, touch.-- "BookPage"
Through the magical power of Urrea's writing...we laugh and tear up and shake our heads in wonder all the way to the ending of a book we don't want to end.-- "Julia Alvarez, author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents"