Title: The Madonnas of Echo Park: A Novel - SIGNED ...
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Fine condition 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover and dust jacket SIGNED by the author on the title page without inscription. Signed in our presence at a reading in Los Angeles. One small dent in the upper edge of the front cover, else As-New condition inside and out. "A beautiful sweep of Los Angeles, told through multiple viewpoints that showcase Brando Skyhorse's breadth. The Maddonas of Echo Park is a terrific journey, where characters reemerge unexpectedly until by the end the book has created a full and vivid world." -- Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. Will be bubble-wrapped to protect its corners and shipped in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH740
Synopsis: We slipped into this country like thieves, onto the land that once was ours.
With these words, spoken by an illegal Mexican day laborer, The Madonnas of Echo Park takes us into the unseen world of Los Angeles, following the men and women who cook the meals, clean the homes, and struggle to lose their ethnic identity in the pursuit of the American dream.
When a dozen or so girls and mothers gather on an Echo Park street corner to act out a scene from a Madonna music video, they find themselves caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting. In the aftermath, Aurora Esperanza grows distant from her mother, Felicia, who as a housekeeper in the Hollywood Hills establishes a unique relationship with a detached housewife.
The Esperanzas? shifting lives connect with those of various members of their neighborhood. A day laborer trolls the streets for work with men half his age and witnesses a murder that pits his morality against his illegal status; a religious hypocrite gets her comeuppance when she meets the Virgin Mary at a bus stop on Sunset Boulevard; a typical bus route turns violent when cultures and egos collide in the night, with devastating results; and Aurora goes on a journey through her gentrified childhood neighborhood in a quest to discover her own history and her place in the land that all Mexican Americans dream of, "the land that belongs to us again."
Like the Academy Award?winning film Crash, The Madonnas of Echo Park follows the intersections of its characters and cultures in Los Angeles. In the footsteps of Junot DÍaz and Sherman Alexie, Brando Skyhorse in his debut novel gives voice to one neighborhood in Los Angeles with an astonishing? and unforgettable?lyrical power.
About the Author: Born and raised in Echo Park, California, Brando Skyhorse is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA Writers? Workshop program at UC Irvine. His first book, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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