Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano
A Novel

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Luz is an observant narrator just on the verge of understanding how unfairly brutal her life has been, and her story wouldn’t be out of place outside the Y.A. fiction shelves.
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In Lotería, the spellbinding literary debut by Mario Alberto Zambrano, a young girl tells the story of her family’s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Latin American game of chance.
 
With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo has been taken into the custody of the state. Alone in her room, she retreats behind a wall of silence, writing in her journal and shuffling through a deck of lotería cards. Each of the cards’ colorful images—mermaids, bottles, spiders, death, and stars—sparks a random memory.
 
Pieced together, these snapshots bring into focus the joy and pain of the young girl’s life, and the events that led to her present situation. But just as the story becomes clear, a breathtaking twist changes everything.

Beautiful full-color images of lotería cards are featured throughout this intricate and haunting novel.

 

About Mario Alberto Zambrano

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Mario Alberto Zambrano grew up in Texas and was a professional, award-winning ballet dancer with major international companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater and Ballett Frankfurt for fourteen years. He has since graduated as a Riggio Fellow from The New School and is currently an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Lotería is his first novel.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Harper. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Chantal Braganza on Jul 19 2013

Luz is an observant narrator just on the verge of understanding how unfairly brutal her life has been, and her story wouldn’t be out of place outside the Y.A. fiction shelves.

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Reviewed by Rebecca Melnyk on Aug 16 2013

His restraint from sentimentality, his mastery of well-made sentences and his rich imagination lift words off the page — like dancers in a ballet.

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