• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Harper (July 2, 2013)
Prepare to be enthralled by this lyrical, achingly human debut novel about a young girl’s remarkable resilience in the face of loss.
Struggling to cope as her family falls apart, eleven-year-old Luz María Castillo retreats into her beloved set of Lotería cards—a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images. Each card represents a different memory, and as Luz shuffles through the deck, she weaves her recollections into a compelling story of love, loyalty, tragedy, and hope.
By turns affecting and inspiring, Lotería is a powerful novel that heralds the arrival of an outstanding new writer, one who reminds us of the importance of remembering, even when we are trying to forget.
Early Praise for Loteria:
“Lotería is the card-based Mexican variant of bingo and, in the hands of Zambrano, it’s a deck stacked with narrative possibilities.… From it, Zambrano coaxes a language that straddles pictures and words, Spanish and English. An intriguing debut.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Zambrano’s stellar debut is proof positive that good things come in small packages.” — Booklist (starred review)
I've always been fascinated by the artwork of the Loteria cards, so I was intrigued as to how author Mario Alberto Zambrano would incorporate them into his story of a young Mexican girl caught up in a devastating family drama. I'm pleased to find that he did so brilliantly.
Throughout the story, Zambrano's main character, Luz, used the cards to tell her family's story in a journal - a story filled with heartache and yet also filled with moments of joy as well. As she flips through the cards, each one reminds her of a part of her past as well as the uncertain future she faces.
"Loteria" is an intriguing and moving story that will touch the reader's heart with its poignancy, the near-mystical quality of writing, and the brave cast of characters that will forever be remembered long after the final page is turned.
I highly recommend this novel.
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Mario’s Tour StopsTuesday, July 2nd: guiltless reading
Wednesday, July 3rd: nomadreader
Thursday, July 4th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, July 9th: Literally Jen
Wednesday, July 10th: she treads softly
Thursday, July 11th: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Monday, July 15th: Bibliophiliac
Thursday, July 18th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Monday, July 22nd: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Tuesday, July 23rd: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, July 24th: Sweet Southern Home
Tuesday, July 30th: Lectus
Wednesday, July 31st: Must Read Faster
Tuesday, August 6th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 7th: 50 Books Project
Thursday, August 15th: Col Reads
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this blog tour and to HarperCollins Books for providing the review copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.