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Combining poetic language and the traditions of magic realism to paint a vivid portrait of her family, Pat Moras House of Houses is an unconventional memoir that reads as if every member, death notwithstanding, is in one room talking, laughing, and crying. In a salute to the Day of the Dead, the story begins with a visit to the cemetery in which all of her deceased relatives come alive to share stories of the family, literally bringing the food to their own funerals. From there the book covers a year in the life of her clan, revealing the personalities and events that Mora herself so desperately yearns to know and understand.

“Poet Moras complex and dramatic family history comprises more than personal reminiscences: it also embraces resonant aspects of Mexican American history. Mora recounts her familys traumatic exodus from Mexico to escape the violence of Pancho Villa and his forces and their struggles to begin new lives in another country. To anchor her psychologically rich, dramatic, sometimes funny, often touching multigenerational tale, Mora uses the image of a house—the house of houses—during a single year, a fruitful metaphor that allows her to dwell on the bright beauty of flowers, birds, and trees, emblems of the loving legacy of her nurturing family.”—Booklist

“Mora has created an ingenious structure for these recollections of her extended family, of their lives and the tales they share about the familys history. Woven in with these memories are recipes, fragments of songs and poetry, folk remedies, and jokes, all of the small matters that most reveal a familys identity. In a language deftly mingling the natural cadences of speech and precise, poetic imagery, Mora believably summons up both a group of tough, loving, idiosyncratic survivors and a vivid, detailed portrait of life in the Southwest in [the last] century.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Pat Mora, award-winning author of poetry, nonfiction, and children's books, is a popular national speaker and a former consultant, museum director, university administrator, and teacher at all levels. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816527960
Author:
Mora, Pat
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Mexican American families
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Mexican American families -- New Mexico.
Subject:
Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Biography » Women
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General

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