Simply the best book I’ve read this year. Marra’s writing is enticingly beautiful while writing about horrific events during the two Chechen wars. Young Hara, recently orphaned, is taken by her neighbor Akhmed to the only safe place he knows—the hospital. There he entrusts the girl to the surgeon Sonja, who is looking for her missing sister, another casualty of the war. Don’t be put off by the brutality of the subject; the beauty of the story comes through on every page of this magnificent debut.
Luis Alberto Urrea discusses and signs Queen of America
01/26/2013 4:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, fiercely romantic, and riotously funny, Queen of America tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age and finding her place in a new world. Beginning where Luis Alberto Urrea's bestselling The Hummingbird's Daughter left off, Queen of America finds young Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," with her father in 1892 Arizona. But, besieged by pilgrims in desperate need of her healing powers, and pursued by assassins, she has no choice but to flee the borderlands and embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of turn-of-the-century America.