The House of Broken Angels

The House of Broken Angels

A Novel

Book - 2018
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70-year-old patriarch Big Angel de la Cruz is dying, and he wants to have one last birthday blowout. Unfortunately, his 100-year-old mother, America, dies the week of his party, so funeral and birthday are celebrated one day apart. The entire contentious, riotous de la Cruz clan descends on San Diego for the events--"High rollers and college students, prison veternaos and welfare mothers, happy kids and sad old-timers and pinches gringos and all available relatives." Not to mention figurative ghosts of the departed and an unexpected guest with a gun. Taking place over the course of two days, with time out for an extended flashback to Big Angel's journey from La Paz to San Diego in the 1960s, the narrative follows Big Angel and his extended familia as they air old grievances, initiate new romances, and try to put their relationships in perspective.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316154895
031615489X
9780316154888
0316154881
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm.

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"In this raucous, moving, and necessary story by a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrate two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend."


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Groszerita Mar 17, 2019

Urrea's writing is so deeply intimate, raw and real. Spanish and spanglish words are woven in, it's as if though I am an observer watching and hearing Big Angel's familia.
I feel for Little Angel and his sense of not feeling like familia, not feeling like he belongs, yet he knows he does. I see Big Angel's godfather status and feel sympathy for him.

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nalahblueberry5
Mar 11, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

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Vmcfadin
Feb 23, 2019

Didn’t finish this book. Unfortunately I am just learning Spanish so there were many words I had to look up. Doesn’t make for a fun reading experience.

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bairdbrain
Jan 13, 2019

Big Angel has a birthday bash while family is in gathered, one day after his mother's funeral. Their histories unfold revealing old wounds and connections. Big Angel is dying but this book brims with life, affection, humor and strife. The characters are unique and the telling is generous, the dialog is both sparkling and believable. This book is easily one of my favorites.

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legalsec2504
Nov 20, 2018

NY Times 2018 recommended book.

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brangwinn
Jun 12, 2018

Oh, what a touching story of a Mexican-American famiy. Great characters composed of many parts just as people are. To some one Angel might be a father, to another, a husband, another, a leader in the community. The elder Angel’s much younger half-brother also named Angel is a college professor, a single man, a nephew and a person who might appear to have separated from his heritage. This novel pulls apart all the layers you’ll find in a family.

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Aquanblue
Mar 29, 2018

I enjoyed this cultural read. The familiarity and intimacy in which he shares the details enables the reader to experience the cultural exchange even if they are a "Gringo" It is a great way to help us all be tolerate people with humanity at the center of our differences. I bought my own copy, I loved this so much.

PimaLib_MaryG Mar 26, 2018

I have been waiting for this book for months and it was every bit as good as I expected and then some. The epic tale of Big Angel and his brother Little Angel takes place over two days, but through flashbacks it spans a lifetime. Urrea spins the tale of a cross-border family as only he can, using the language we use in a way at once common-place and at the same time rich and transcendent. Family, pride, petty gossip, deep love. It's all there.

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