Luis Alberto Urrea
The House of Broken Angels (Little, Brown) is, as author Luis Alberto Urrea describes it, “the story of an American family—one that happens to speak Spanish and admire the Virgin of Guadalupe. Imperfect and glorious, messy and hilarious, sometimes heroic.” Inspired by the death of his brother, this novel mines his own family history to tell a once-in-a-lifetime tale, simultaneously intimate in its detail and grand in its scope.
“In Urrea's exuberant new novel of Mexican-American life, 70-year-old patriarch Big Angel de la Cruz is dying, and he wants to have one last birthday blowout. Unfortunately, his 100-year-old mother, America, dies the week of his party, so funeral and birthday are celebrated one day apart...Taking place over the course of two days, with time out for an extended flashback to Big Angel's journey from La Paz to San Diego in the 1960s, the narrative follows Big Angel and his extended familia as they air old grievances, initiate new romances, and try to put their relationships in perspective. Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter) has written a vital, vibrant book about the immigrant experience that is a messy celebration of life's common joys and sorrows." —Publishers Weekly.
Luis Alberto Urrea has written many books, including poetry collections (Vatos), memoirs (Nobody’s Son), works of nonfiction (Across the Wire; Devil’s Highway, winner of a Lanaan Literary Award and finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Kiriyama Prize), short story collections (The Water Museum) and novels (The Hummingbird’s Daughter). Hailed by NPR as a “literary badass” and a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free/no tickets necessary.