Twelve-year-old Ares Ramirez has a lot of responsibility on his plate as a major caretaker in the life of his younger brother Malcolm, who is mentally handicapped, and trying to live a normal life with his eccentric mother in their trailer by the Salton Sea. Set in the late 1970's after the end of the Vietnam War, but living in an area still being used by the military for weapons testing, Ares' life is full of contradictions and challenges; as he befriends a troubled teenage boy he gets in over his head, with disastrous results. The God of War is an excellent novel exploring the challenges of family and circumstance.
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.