The House of Broken Angels Lib/E (Compact Disc)

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By Luis Alberto Urrea (Read by)
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It is hard to believe that Luis Alberto Urrea was able to pack so much into 300-odd pages. Taking place over the course of just one weekend, ranging from the mundane to the sublime and the salacious, through all the highs and lows of a family across generations and spanning two countries, this is a tale of archetypes and individuals, a sweet and moving story.

— Sara, Atlanta

When Big Angel De La Cruz, the revered patriarch of a large Mexican family based in San Diego, is diagnosed with advanced cancer and given just weeks to live, he envisions his upcoming birthday party as an opportunity to bring his family together for one last goodbye. Luis Alberto Urrea’s beautiful, funny, and stirring portrait of the De La Cruz family’s gathering, with all their complex intricacies and woven histories, is a celebration of love, life, and family that dazzles and warms with its always present tenderness and humor.

— Ryan, Chicago ORD


The definitive Mexican-American immigrant story, at once intimate and epic, from an acclaimed storyteller

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel De La Cruz, known affectionately as Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader. Across one bittersweet weekend 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 tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought them to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home. The story of the De La Cruzes is the American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and it cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549196461
ISBN-10: 1549196464
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Language: English