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The Hummingbird's Daughter : A Novel
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Published: 2005-05-17
Hardcover : 512 pages
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The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea’s long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman’s sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico. It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful ...
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The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea’s long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman’s sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico. It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream--a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with a power to heal--but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the 'Saint of Cabora.' THE HUMMINGBIRD’S DAUGHTER is a vast, hugely satisfying novel of love and loss, joy and pain. Two decades in the writing, this is the masterpiece that Luis Alberto Urrea has been building up to. Its publication will be a major literary event.

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ON THE COOL OCTOBER MORNING when Cayetana Chávez brought her baby to light, it was the start of that season in Sinaloa when the humid torments of summer finally gave way to breezes and falling leaves, and small red birds skittered through the corrals, and the dogs grew new coats. ... view entire excerpt...

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Have a bite
by [email protected] (see profile) 05/16/12
We had everyone bring a Mexican dish and we ate while discussing the book. Fun

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  "Great book"by Connie P. (see profile) 05/16/12

Our bookclub like the book very well. Very informative on that period..Most are wanting to buy the next book by the author so pretty good judgement call. I think anyone would enjoy this book

 
  "The Hummingbird's Daughter"by Kristin K. (see profile) 09/12/11

 
  "The Hummingbird's Daughter"by KT N. (see profile) 06/15/11

Luis Alberto Urrea is now one of our book group's favorite author. We all loved this dramatic tale of Urrea's Great Aunt Teresita, a courageous saint from Sinaloa, Mexico. If you like the magical realism... (read more)

 
  "The Hummingbird's Daughter"by Barb W. (see profile) 06/02/10

Urrea is a storyteller. It's a long story but you'll be taken on a wild ride and at the same time learn so much about Mexican culture.

 
  "humminging bird's daughter"by CHRISTINA B. (see profile) 03/11/10

 
  "The Hummingbird's Daughter"by carol L. (see profile) 02/09/10

A beautifully written book about the mystical spiritual journey of a young girl in Mexico in the late 1800s. She was a real person and a distant relative of the author who did an amazing amount of research... (read more)

 
  "The Hummingbird's Daughter"by Mary Ann B. (see profile) 02/08/10

This book is haunting. The book deals with the ugly past of Mexico in the 1800s. I found it really interesting that the book is based on a real person who was related to the author. The book made me want... (read more)

 
  "Gripping Tale"by Patti T. (see profile) 02/08/10

This highly entertaining novel, based on the true-life 19th century story of Theresa Urrea (a very unsaintly saint), leaves the reader thirsting for more, despite its length. The writing is lyrical, the... (read more)

 
  "Passionate and Beautiful tale of a brave yong woman"by Stacy L. (see profile) 04/17/09

Our book club rated this a one of the most loved books we have read. A beautifully crafted novel based on a true woman and true events during a turbulent period in Mexico's history. A must read!

 
  "Everyone loved this book. It was my choice of books to use as gifts this year."by Julie K. (see profile) 05/19/08

This is an amazing novel based on the life of a real person in the late 1800's in Mexico. The author dedicated nearly 20 years of his life researching the book--wonderful read.

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