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The Hummingbird's Daughter

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Staff Pick

Beautiful! This immensely enjoyable epic vividly brings to life the wonderful, endearing characters of Don Tomas and Teresita. Don't wait to read this!
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Publisher Comments:

The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea' s long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico.

It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream — a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with a power to heal — but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora."

The Hummingbird's Daughter is a vast, hugely satisfying novel of love and loss, joy and pain. Two decades in the writing, this is the masterpiece that Luis Alberto Urrea has been building up to. Its publication will be a major literary event.

Review:

"'Her powers were growing now, like her body. No one knew where the strange things came from. Some said they sprang up in her after the desert sojourn with Huila. Some said they came from somewhere else, some deep inner landscape no one could touch. That they had been there all along.' Teresita, the real-life 'Saint of Cabora,' was born in 1873 to a 14-year-old Indian girl impregnated by a prosperous rancher near the Mexico-Arizona border. Raised in dire poverty by an abusive aunt, the little girl still learned music and horsemanship and even to read: she was a 'chosen child,' showing such remarkable healing powers that the ranch's medicine woman took her as an apprentice, and the rancher, Don Toms Urrea, took her — barefoot and dirty — into his own household. At 16, Teresita was raped, lapsed into a coma and apparently died. At her wake, though, she sat up in her coffin and declared that it was not for her. Pilgrims came to her by the thousands, even as the Catholic Church denounced her as a heretic; she was also accused of fomenting an Indian uprising against Mexico and, at 19, sentenced to be shot. From this already tumultuous tale of his great-aunt Teresa, American Book Award — winner Urrea (The Devil's Highway) fashions an astonishing novel set against the guerrilla violence of post — Civil War southwestern border disputes and incipient revolution. His brilliant prose is saturated with the cadences and insights of Latin-American magical realism and tempered by his exacting reporter's eye and extensive historical investigation. The book is wildly romantic, sweeping in its effect, employing the techniques of Catholic hagiography, Western fairy tale, Indian legend and everyday family folklore against the gritty historical realities of war, poverty, prejudice, lawlessness, torture and genocide. Urrea effortlessly links Teresita's supernatural calling to the turmoil of the times, concealing substantial intellectual content behind effervescent storytelling and considerable humor. Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. (May 17)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The Hummingbird's Daughter breathes with life, populated with multiple, complex and genuinely individual characters.... It is an immensely entertaining work that is intelligently and sympathetically told.... [A] classic, a tribute and love song to the colorful and vibrant heart of all things Mexican." The San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

Los milagros y las pasiones abundan en esta novela fascinante que ha sido aclamada como obra maestra. Es la historia de una joven Mexicana cuyas facultades para curar a los aflijidos le prestan aura de santa. Ella llega a realizar su destino sorprendiente entre las llamas de una revolucion naciente...mientras el pueblo se levanta, gritando su nombre.

Synopsis:

This historical novel is based on Urrea's real great-aunt Teresita, who had healing powers and was acclaimed as a saint. Urrea has researched historical accounts and family records for years to get an accurate story.

About the Author

Luis Alberto Urrea is the recipient of an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award, and a Colorado Book Award, and he has been inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.

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docsuz1, January 17, 2010 (view all comments by docsuz1)
The most amazing book that I have read. It is in my top three favorite books ever. Complex and rich with detail, passion, humor, love and revenge all in their fullness, just as with any fully lived life. Don't miss it!
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ameliajane, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by ameliajane)
This is a book like "A Hundred Years of Solitude" in that you will want to read it again and again and each time you do you will find another layer of it's lyrical beauty and its epic story.
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Corrin, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Corrin)
If I had to choose my favorite book of all time, it would be Luis Urrea's The Hummingbird's Daughter. This masterpiece took the righter 20 years to write and it shows through his evocative style and approach.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316745468
Author:
Urrea, Luis Alberto
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060403
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.78x6.32x1.54 in. 1.65 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Beautiful! This immensely enjoyable epic vividly brings to life the wonderful, endearing characters of Don Tomas and Teresita. Don't wait to read this!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Her powers were growing now, like her body. No one knew where the strange things came from. Some said they sprang up in her after the desert sojourn with Huila. Some said they came from somewhere else, some deep inner landscape no one could touch. That they had been there all along.' Teresita, the real-life 'Saint of Cabora,' was born in 1873 to a 14-year-old Indian girl impregnated by a prosperous rancher near the Mexico-Arizona border. Raised in dire poverty by an abusive aunt, the little girl still learned music and horsemanship and even to read: she was a 'chosen child,' showing such remarkable healing powers that the ranch's medicine woman took her as an apprentice, and the rancher, Don Toms Urrea, took her — barefoot and dirty — into his own household. At 16, Teresita was raped, lapsed into a coma and apparently died. At her wake, though, she sat up in her coffin and declared that it was not for her. Pilgrims came to her by the thousands, even as the Catholic Church denounced her as a heretic; she was also accused of fomenting an Indian uprising against Mexico and, at 19, sentenced to be shot. From this already tumultuous tale of his great-aunt Teresa, American Book Award — winner Urrea (The Devil's Highway) fashions an astonishing novel set against the guerrilla violence of post — Civil War southwestern border disputes and incipient revolution. His brilliant prose is saturated with the cadences and insights of Latin-American magical realism and tempered by his exacting reporter's eye and extensive historical investigation. The book is wildly romantic, sweeping in its effect, employing the techniques of Catholic hagiography, Western fairy tale, Indian legend and everyday family folklore against the gritty historical realities of war, poverty, prejudice, lawlessness, torture and genocide. Urrea effortlessly links Teresita's supernatural calling to the turmoil of the times, concealing substantial intellectual content behind effervescent storytelling and considerable humor. Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. (May 17)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Hummingbird's Daughter breathes with life, populated with multiple, complex and genuinely individual characters.... It is an immensely entertaining work that is intelligently and sympathetically told.... [A] classic, a tribute and love song to the colorful and vibrant heart of all things Mexican."
"Synopsis" by , Los milagros y las pasiones abundan en esta novela fascinante que ha sido aclamada como obra maestra. Es la historia de una joven Mexicana cuyas facultades para curar a los aflijidos le prestan aura de santa. Ella llega a realizar su destino sorprendiente entre las llamas de una revolucion naciente...mientras el pueblo se levanta, gritando su nombre.
"Synopsis" by , This historical novel is based on Urrea's real great-aunt Teresita, who had healing powers and was acclaimed as a saint. Urrea has researched historical accounts and family records for years to get an accurate story.
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