The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
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This historical novel is based on Urrea's real great-aunt Teresita, who had healing powers and was acclaimed as a saint. Urrea has researched historical accounts and family records for years to get an accurate story.
 

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 June 1, 2006 by Little, Brown and Company. 528 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After she comes back to life during her own wake, the pilgrims start arriving by the thousands, though Teresita denies she is a saint and the nonbeliever Tomás deplores the invasion of his ranch.

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Urrea's love for Teresita, ''the Mexican Joan of Arc,'' and for the world she helps bring into existence is one of the strongest elements of the book.

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These 500 pages -- though they could have been fewer -- slip past effortlessly, with the amber glow of slides in a magic lantern, each one a tableau of the progress of earthy grace: Teresita crouched in the dirt praying over the souls of ants, Teresita having a vision of God's messenger not as th...

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The Hummingbird's Daughter Luis Alberto Urrea Little,Brown £15.99, pp512 Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of two novels and three collections of poetry but earned his literary reputation in the US with two non-fiction bestsellers investigating the lives of the poor on the Mexican-American border ...

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Huila finds something in Teresita, a power to be reckoned with, and begins to teach her the indigenous ways of healing, of plants, and of power and dreaming.

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Alan Cheuse reviews The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea.

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Historical Novel Society

He also blesses their endeavor for independence, depicted with that magical realism approach, “A festive woodpecker sounded in the trees behind us, its industrious hammering representative of Nature herself bending toward the construction of a New Mexican Republic – God Himself putting Nature on ...

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Laila Lalami NY Times Book Review 3.5 of 5 Stars "Urrea’s book reimagines [Teresita’s] story on a grand scale, as a mix of leftist hagiography, mystical bildungsroman and melancholic national anthem.

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