The Family Izquierdo

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.56 X 8.21 X 0.82 inches | 0.59 pounds

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About the Author
Rubén Degollado is an educator from Texas and the author of The Family Izquierdo: A Novel and the young adult novel Throw. His fiction has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Image.
A novel of Tejano plenty blooming among the literary plains of desolation... polyphonic, mixing across borders, expanding with a musicality that only strengthens as it grows.--Kawai Strong Washburn "New York Times Book Review"
[An] epic tale... There are trials, yes, but also plenty of love and miracles in this beautiful chronicle of family.-- "Austin American-Statesman"
Resonant... Peppered with Spanish terms, The Family Izquierdo is a rich intertextual novel that's embedded within Mexican festivals and traditions. It is a testament to the importance of family and the influence of religion, as well as a poignant tale about personal hopes and dreams.-- "Foreword Reviews"
An intimate, multigenerational narrative of a Mexican family, The Family Izquierdo shines in its depiction of South Texas and how the region has shaped Latinos over time.-- "Texas Monthly"
The Family Izquierdo is filled with the rich complexities of Latinx culture... [Degollado] captures the way people in all families have different versions of the same tale. How we sit around sharing cuentos, whispering chisme, and keeping family histories alive -- even if that history is sometimes embellished.-- "High Country News"
In The Family Izquierdo, every story is a revelation. Rubén Degollado's storytelling is as rigorous as it is intricate. Intimate and epic, it brims with magic and spirit. A bold, beautiful debut!--Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Rubén Degollado has written an open-hearted work of witness, love, and triumph. We have come far. And this brave novel reminds us of where we have to go. Anyone with a family will find themselves in these pages.--Luis Alberto Urrea
With a delicate and perceptive understanding of humanity and the ties which bind community to history, Rubén Degollado has painted a portrait of sincere love in The Family Izquierdo. This book feels like coming home to a warm embrace, where the characters and land leap off the page and into our hearts.--Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Woman of Light
Vivid.... Degollado convincingly portrays the family's mix of faith, superstition, and intergenerational volatility, and immerses the reader into a porous blend of English and Spanish. This is a gem.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
In this gloriously rich epic, we get to see a full picture of the family. Each interlocking chapter is told by a different character, unifying into a thoughtfully crafted history spanning decades. The characters, who are complex and tightly linked to one another, are enlivened by their belief in a mix of superstition, brujería, and Catholicism that feels both familiar and playful.... An instant Tejano classic.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"