After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love?
At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, and riotously funny, Queen of America reconfirms Luis Alberto Urrea's status as a writer of the first rank.
©2011 Luis Alberto Urrea (P)2011 Hachette Audio
"Queen of America magically spins a vibrant, larger-than-life fiction based on the "Saint of Cabora." (Vanity Fair)
"Enchanting...Fantastical...Urrea has stitched a seamless end to the saga." (New York Times)
"Colorful [and] exuberant." (Wall Street Journal)
I loved Urrea's narration. He is a funny and animated reader and of course since he wrote the book, all the little nuances are included in the reading. His love of his characters comes through in his voice.
The book itself is a description of a part of Mexico few know about. It's an important work to describe people that have been stereotyped. We see the real lives of real individuals. How people living in abject poverty still have dignity, generosity and determination.
I was particularly moved when the struggling kids where rescued by a couple that lived in an abandoned dump. Funny delightful people that had next to nothing and yet were willing to share the little they had.
Lyrical, passionate, transporting
The vividness and reality of what it would be like to be a saint or to live with one.
The beautifully alive Spanish and the wry humor.
Thomas, for his living life fully with all his flaws and his being a larger-than-life rogue that made me laugh, when I wasn't wanting to kick him.
No one in our book club made it through the entire book, read or audible.
Quite a disappointment in that this book didn't even come close to the level of THE HUMMINGBIRD'S DAUGHTER, neither in content or quality of writing.
I ordered the Hummingbirds daughter not knowing anything about the story or the author, and just when I thought the story could not get any better I was pleasantly surprised by the queen of America. I could not stop listening to it. I listened in the car, at work, while I was doing laundry or cooking dinner, and before falling asleep at night. What a beautiful story full of love, spirituality, humor and death.. all things that I can appreciate being a Mexican American and hearing magical stories from the mother land. Bravo, Luis Urrea on your art, and your performance of this story! This is a masterpiece!
I've ordered all of his books now, because I have become a great fan of his work!
This epic tale, read perfectly by the author, has everything I love in a novel: suspense, humor, memorable characters, mysticism, magic, and language so beautifully crafted for life, death, and the whole catastrophe of human existence.
I highly recommend listening to Luis Urrea read his profound epic.
Humility meets pompocity
I can't say too much without giving anything away, but the scene where Teresita separates from her father.
Everything. Absolutely everything.
El Patron. Tomas embodies everything in a Mexican man and father. Boisterous, secretly tender, threatening, protective, arrogant, gracious and more.
This book wasn't anything near the epic tale the first book was, but it was nice to have an end to tie up an overall amazing story.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I had to finish this book because it was the book of the month for the Arizona Republic. So I had great expectations. The reader was annoying, and I basically found the whole book pretty boring. Maybe if it was much much shorter. I don't recommend it.
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