The House of Broken Angels

The House of Broken Angels

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Prizewinning and bestselling writer Luis Urrea has written his Mexican coming-to-America story, his masterpiece. Destined to sit alongside other classic immigrant novels, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is a sprawling and epic family saga helmed by patriarch Big Angel that takes place over the weekend of the final birthday party he is throwing for himself at home in San Diego, occasioned by his imminent death at the hands of that familiar killer cancer.

But when Big Angel's mother Mama America passes as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well, and so decides to throw two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his namesake Little Angel, who flies in from Seattle to pay his respects and say his goodbyes, and comes face to face with the people with whom he shared a parent but as the weekend proceeds to remind him, not a life. This is the story of Big Angel and Little Angel, of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border - and about the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not. A finely wrought portrait of this deeply complex family, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is purely Urrean: teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn - this novel cements Urrea as a master truth-teller of the Mexican-American experience.

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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legalsec2504
Nov 20, 2018

NY Times 2018 recommended book.

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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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