In this "raucous, moving, and necessary" (San Francisco Chronicle) story by a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrate two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend.
National Bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist
A New York Times Notable Book / One of the Best Books of the Year from National Public Radio, American Library Association, San Francisco Chronicle, BookPage, Newsday, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Literary Hub
"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death."
In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.
Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.
Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.
"Epic . . . Rambunctious . . . Highly entertaining." --New York Times Book Review
"Intimate and touching . . . the stuff of legend." --San Francisco Chronicle
"An immensely charming and moving tale." --Boston Globe
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The slow fade of "Big Angel" de La Cruz—an ailing and gregarious Mexican patriarch—provides the backdrop to this rich, multigenerational saga. As Big Angel prepares for his mother’s funeral, we meet his colorful clan, which includes a college professor, a newsstand owner, gangbangers, and the frontman of a metal band called Satanic Hispanic. Mortality forces the family to confront the passage of time and their contentious relationships. Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the memoir Nobody's Son, plays his characters’ emotions like a virtuoso. The House of Broken Angels is downright symphonic.
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Simply beautiful. A modern classic.
A messy, beautiful book about a realistic family that will tear your heart and make you smile at the same time. Timely, important, and exceptional. A must read.