Into the Beautiful North
By Luis Alberto Urrea
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316025263, 368pp.)
Publication Date: June 2010
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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young.
Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of The Devil's Highway, The Hummingbirds Daughter, and Across the Wire.?Winner of a Lannan Literary Award,?and the Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award, and a?Colorado Book Award. In 2001, Luis was inducted into the Latino?Literary Hall of Fame.
"[Into the Beautiful North] is deliciously composed...[Urrea writes] in a sweet but serious style...You find it in the dialogue...You find it in the description of the countryside...the plot gathers as much strength as the prose..."
"Awash in a subtle kind of satire...A funny and poignant impossible journey...Into the Beautiful North is a refreshing antidote to all the negativity currently surrounding Mexico."?
-Dallas Morning News