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Luis Alberto Urrea

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Luis Alberto Urrea

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonficiton THE DEVIL'S HIGHWAY, Luis Alberto Urrea is also the bestselling author of the novels THE HUMMINGBIRD'S DAUGHTER, INTO 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.

Luis Alberto Urrea

Books by Luis Alberto Urrea

by Luis Alberto Urrea - Fiction

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 100, passes away, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. 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, 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.