The House of Broken Angels

The House of Broken Angels

A Novel

Book - 2018
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The quintessential story of what it means to be the first generation to live two lives across one border, The House of Broken Angels is Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea's unforgettable portrait of the De La Cruz family as they celebrate the lives of two of their most beloved members over the course of one raucous and bittersweet weekend.
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"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death."
In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.
Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.
Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

"Epic . . . Rambunctious . . . Highly entertaining." -- New York Times Book Review
"A raucous, moving, and necessary book . . . Intimate and touching . . . the stuff of legend." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Brilliant . . . Exceptional . . . The House of Broken Angels hums with joy." --NPR
"An immensely charming and moving tale." -- Boston Globe
"A book about celebration that it, itself, a celebration." -- Washington Post
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316154888
0316154881
Branch Call Number: FIC URREA
Characteristics: 326 pages

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brangwinn
Jun 12, 2018

Oh, what a touching story of a Mexican-American famiy. Great characters composed of many parts just as people are. To some one Angel might be a father, to another, a husband, another, a leader in the community. The elder Angel’s much younger half-brother also named Angel is a college professor, a single man, a nephew and a person who might appear to have separated from his heritage. This novel pulls apart all the layers you’ll find in a family.

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Aquanblue
Mar 29, 2018

I enjoyed this cultural read. The familiarity and intimacy in which he shares the details enables the reader to experience the cultural exchange even if they are a "Gringo" It is a great way to help us all be tolerate people with humanity at the center of our differences. I bought my own copy, I loved this so much.

PimaLib_MaryG Mar 26, 2018

I have been waiting for this book for months and it was every bit as good as I expected and then some. The epic tale of Big Angel and his brother Little Angel takes place over two days, but through flashbacks it spans a lifetime. Urrea spins the tale of a cross-border family as only he can, using the language we use in a way at once common-place and at the same time rich and transcendent. Family, pride, petty gossip, deep love. It's all there.

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