The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea immediately draws its readers in when the main character states he’s going to be late for his mother’s funeral. A great hook usually leads to a great story as is the case with this novel. The author is also an educator – no surprise there! Urrea practices what he most likely preaches.
This humorous and emotional tale is told by an omniscient narrator. It is about a Mexican-American man whose mother has just died. Sadly, he has cancer and is reflecting on his own life. His story which began in Mexico, is multi-faceted and indicative of the Mexican immigrant experience in the U.S.
I almost abandoned this book for a couple of reasons. I don’t have a wide knowledge of Spanish and parts of the story are sexually graphic. However, the author’s poetic prose kept me hanging in there and the end of the story made me grateful I stuck with it.
I think this is one of the best books I’ve read in 2018. It is a powerful story about the importance of family and will remain with me for a long time to come. Highly recommended!