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Hispanic Heritage Month Book Discussion: "The House of Broken Angels"

  • Rinconada Library 1213 Newell Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)

Join the Library for Hispanic Heritage Month as we discuss National Book Critics Award nominee (2018) The House of Broken Angelsby Luis Alberto Urrea. Together we will read and discuss Urrea masterpiece about a Mexican-American family meeting for a birthday party and a funeral in one week.

The novel gathers together the entire De La Cruz clan, as they meet for the final birthday party Big Angel is throwing for himself, at home in San Diego, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer and reflects on his long and full life.

But when Big Angel's mother, Mama America, approaching one hundred, dies herself as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well. There will be two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his half-brother and namesake, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not, as the weekend proceeds to remind him, a life.

This story of the De La Cruzes is the story of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border. It is a tale of the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not.
(Summary from Goodreads).

Copies of this book can be checked out through the Library or Link+.

Earlier Event: September 19
Guided Downtown Walking Tour
Later Event: September 21
Voter Registration Drive