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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Charlotte
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 04-01-13

Urrea does it again

What did you love best about Queen of America?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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This is Best Way to Experience "Queen of America"

If you could sum up Queen of America in three words, what would they be?

Lyrical, passionate, transporting

What did you like best about this story?

The vividness and reality of what it would be like to be a saint or to live with one.

What does Luis Alberto Urrea bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The beautifully alive Spanish and the wry humor.

Who was the most memorable character of Queen of America and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

No one in our book club made it through the entire book, read or audible.

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Not up to Par

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.

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This is one I'll listen to over and over again.

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!

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Beautifully Written and Read Saga

I have read this book in the past but listening to the author, Luis Urrea read it made the book come alive with his dialect, his descriptions, and his rich characterization. I highly recommend this BUT first read or listen to Hummingbird’s Daughter, the prequel to this book. It is also read by the author. He is my most favorite contemporary author!

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Everything I want...

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.

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A good sequel, but not fantastic

If you could sum up Queen of America in three words, what would they be?

Humility meets pompocity

What was one of the most memorable moments of Queen of America?

I can't say too much without giving anything away, but the scene where Teresita separates from her father.

What about Luis Alberto Urrea’s performance did you like?

Everything. Absolutely everything.

Who was the most memorable character of Queen of America and why?

El Patron. Tomas embodies everything in a Mexican man and father. Boisterous, secretly tender, threatening, protective, arrogant, gracious and more.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Michal
  • Scotsdale, AZ, United States
  • 02-24-12

Basically pretty boring

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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