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The Hummingbird’s Daughter

The Hummingbird’s Daughter

Author(s): Luis Alberto Urrea

Location(s): Mexico

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Late 1800s

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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, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest 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 now that she has become the ‘Saint of Cabora.’

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The novel brings to life not only the deeply pious figure whom Díaz himself dubbed “the Most Dangerous Girl in Mexico” but also the blood-soaked landscape of pre-revolutionary Mexico. (The New Yorker)

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