BOOKSMITH: Luis Alberto Urrea / The House of Broken Angels

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Booksmith hosts Luis Alberto Urrea in celebration of the paperback release of his widely acclaimed novel The House of Broken Angels. Please join us!

 

“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.

 


 

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonficiton The Devil’s HighwayLuis Alberto Urrea is also the bestselling author of the novels The Hummingbird’s DaughterInto the Beautiful North, and Queen of America, as well as the story collection The Water Museum, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, he lives outside of Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

 


 

This is a free, all-ages event.

RSVP is appreciated, but not required. 

If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of The House of Broken Angels, and/or any of Luis' books, order below and put your request in the comments field.

 

Books: 
The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316154888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316154895
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

Wandering Time: Western Notebooks (Camino del Sol ) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780816502820
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Arizona Press - February 15th, 2015

Tijuana Book of the Dead Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781619024823
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soft Skull Press - March 17th, 2015

Queen of America: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316154871
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - December 4th, 2012

Into the Beautiful North: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316025263
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - June 16th, 2010

Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781933693231
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - June 2010

The Hummingbird's Daughter Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316154529
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - April 3rd, 2006

La Hija de la Chuparrosa Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316014342
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - September 28th, 2006

The Devil's Highway: A True Story Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316010801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - September 19th, 2005

In Search of Snow (Camino del Sol ) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780816520152
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Arizona Press - November 1999