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.

This historical novel is based on Urrea's real great-aunt Teresita, who had healing powers and was acclaimed as a saint. Urrea has researched historical accounts and family records for years to get an accurate story.

About the Author

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.

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