Luis Alberto Urrea


Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico. Extensively published in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, his work has won the American Book Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, and the Lannan Literary Award. He has also has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN-Faulkner Award, and was voted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is the author of sixteen books, among them The Devil’s Highway, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Into the Beautiful North, The Water Museum, and the recent poetry collection, The Tijuana Book of the Dead. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois.
...A girl who lived in that house perched on that hill, where the neighbors had outhouses and tuberculosis, but a girl whose roof looked out across a small canyon to the city and its dusty trees with whitewashed trunks and gazebos with old men too fat to button their uniforms and too slack to blow their trumpets well, but their bleating as sour as tamarind juice was somehow beautiful with the sounds of old buses and police whistles and the ten thousand insouciant street dogs barking at children playing soccer in the park….


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