I read this book in 1984 or 1985 and still the details of certain scenes are frozen in my mind. As I followed the narrator’s experiences with drugs I became thoroughly stunned and frightened. For me this tale was more than effective during the heyday of "say no to drugs"... it was compulsively readable, and for a middle school student, just knowing enough and scary enough to feel like a great secret.
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.