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From American Book Award-winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman. Eking out a living as a teacher's aide in a small NewMexican border town, Tiiacute;a Regina is also raising her teenage nephew, Gabo, a hardworking boy who has entered the country illegally and aspires to the priesthood. When Gabo's father, Rafa, disappears whilecrossing over from Mexico, Regina fears the worst.

After several days of waiting and with an ominous phone call from a woman who may be connected to a smuggling ring, Regina and Gabo resolve to findRafa. Help arrives in the form of Miguel, an amorous, recently divorced history teacher; Miguel's gregarious abuelo Milton; a couple of Gabo's gangbanger classmates; and a priest of wayward faith.Though their journey is rife with challenges and danger, it will serve as a remarkable testament to family bonds, cultural pride, and the human experience

Praise for TheGuardians

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

An always skilled storyteller, Castillo] groundsher writing in . . . humor, love, suspense and heartache-that draw the reader in.

-Chicago Sunday Sun-Times

A rollicking read, withjokes and suspense and joy rides and hearts breaking . . . This smart, passionate novel deserves a wide audience.

-Los Angeles Times

Whatdrives the novel is its chorus of characters, all, in their own way, witnesses and guardian angels. In the end, Castillo's unmistakable voice-earthy, impassioned, weaving a 'hybrid vocabularyfor a hybrid people'-is the book's greatest revelation.

-Time Out New York

A wonderful novel . . .Castillo's most important accomplishment in The Guardians is to give a unique literary voice to questions about what makes up a 'family.'

-El Paso Times

A moving book that is both intimate and epic in its narrative.

-Oscar Hijuelos, author ofThe Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

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Synopsis:

When middle-aged teacher's assistant Regina discovers that her brother has vanished while crossing the border from Mexico to the United States, she and her nephew Gabo set out in search of him with the help of an eclectic cast of characters.

About the Author

Ana Castillo is the author of Peel My Love Like an Onion, So Far from God (a New York Times Notable Book), Sapogonia, and The Mixquiahuala Letters (winner of the American Book Award), as well as the short-story collection Loverboys. Her books of poetry include My Father Was a Toltec, I Ask the Impossible, and Watercolor Women Opaque Men (a novel in verse). She is the recipient of a Carl Sandburg Prize and a Southwestern Booksellers Award. She lives in New Mexico.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307485724
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Castillo, Ana
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mexican-american border region
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
211

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