Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
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At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, fiercely romantic, and riotously funny, QUEEN OF AMERICA tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age and finding her place in a new world. Beginning where Luis Alberto Urrea's bestselling The Hummingbird's Daughter left off, QUEEN OF AMERICA finds young Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," with her father in 1892 Arizona. But, besieged by pilgrims in desperate need of her healing powers, and pursued by assassins, she has no choice but to flee the borderlands and embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of turn-of-the-century America.


Teresita's passage will take her to New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis, where she will encounter European royalty, Cuban poets, beauty queens, anxious immigrants and grand tycoons-and, among them, a man who will force Teresita to finally ask herself the ultimate question: is a saint allowed to fall in love?
 

About Luis Alberto Urrea

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Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of, among other books, The Devil's Highway, The Hummingbird's Daughter, and Into the Beautiful North. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Prize, the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Literary Award, a Western States Book Award, a Colorado Book Award, an Edgar Award and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Back Bay Books. 512 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his sequel to The Hummingbird’s Daughter (2005), Urrea continues the mythic history of his great aunt Teresita as she begins a new life in the United States after escaping her political and religious enemies in Mexico in 1893.

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It’s the end of the 19th century, and America may be the land of opportunity, but for Teresita and Tomás, it’s also the land of exile, and above all they feel a sinking sense of displacement and loss: “Tomás felt forgotten, and Teresita hoped to be forgotten.

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Publishers Weekly

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The historical Teresita Urrea, the “Saint of Cabora,” flees Mexico with her father after the Tomóchic rebellion of 1891, in Urrea’s sequel to the bestselling The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Readers are within their rights to cock an eyebrow at the latest posthumous novel from the Chilean-born writer Roberto Bolaño, "The Third Reich" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 277 pages, $25).

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AV Club

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When Teresita decides to leave the Southwest and her father for good, Queen Of America slips the obligatory speculation surrounding her “miracles” in favor of briefer but more evocative glimpses into the turn-of-the century homes of the people she treats, saving the book from the draining effects...

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Los Angeles Times

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Teresita and her father come to the U.S. and are struck by its wonders in the author's follow-up to 'Hummingbird's Daughter.' It is one thing to be a saint.

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Dallas News

The writer-poet Luis Urrea was born into a family with a loquacious urge for stories.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Still venerated as a saint, pushed by fellow exiles to inspire rebellion, and subject to the occasional assassination attempt courtesy of Porfirio Díaz’s corrupt Mexican government, Teresita struggles to reconcile the life she once had with the life she now must live.

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Historical Novel Society

Teresita Urrea acquired her title of “Saint of Cabora” during the Mexican war known as the Tomochic Rebellion during the despotic rule of Porfiro Diaz in the mid-1800s, a vivid story depicted in The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

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St. Louis Today

Today is the High Holy Day of American Consumption, the day when we gather with friends and family and discuss which companies are doing the b… Small investors suddenly are buying stocks again.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Like its predecessor, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Urrea’s sequel, Queen of America is a panoramic, picaresque, sprawling, sweeping novel that dazzles us with epic destiny, perilous twists, and high romance, set primarily in Industrial era America (and six years in the author’s undertaking).

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Portland Book Review

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Chicago Sun Times

As the novel moves from Arizona to Texas, back to Arizona, then over to California before marching through the East, one senses that Urrea’s need to provide a complete account of the historical Teresa’s life has jammed his sense of plot.

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Willamette Week

Luis Alberto Urrea spent some 26 years on Queen of America (Little, Brown and Company, 496 pages, $25.99).

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High Country News

And always, ailing pilgrims haunt her doorstep, yearning for miracles, taking 'her hands in theirs, dry and soft and hot as little birds, and they would position them near spots on their bodies, nodding, whispering in their language that she somehow understood.' Urrea spent over 25 years immers...

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