The Hummingbird's Daughter (Paperback)

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A grand and sweeping saga which will take you out of your world from the first page and drop you back in like a stone when you are finished. This novel based on historical events and characters from the author's family, takes place in turbulent late 19th century Mexico and follows the tumultuous life of Teresita, the actual "Saint Of Cabora" from her childhood as a unusual and gifted girl through, well...just read it. — Karen Frank

The Hummingbird’s Daughter took my breath away. With beautiful prose and an incredible gift for storytelling, Urrea recounts the life of his Great-Aunt Teresita who has a gift for healing. Set in turn-of-the-century Mexico, civil war is imminent and tension is high. An orphan, Teresita is taken under the wing of a curandera and taught to develop her gift. What she does with it is up to her. Highly recommend! — Amelia Stymacks


Discover an epic historical novel of a young saint escaping death from Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels.

The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea's long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico. It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, the illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream-a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with a power to heal-but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the Saint of Cabora. The Hummingbird's Daughter is a vast, hugely satisfying novel of love and loss, joy and pain.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316154529
ISBN-10: 0316154520
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2006
Pages: 528
Language: English
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