Join the book club discussion of Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. The title was chosen from our first-ever author-recommended selection provided to us by Katie Gutierrez ’06, author of More Than You’ll Ever Know. (October’s book - see her campus visit here)


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” One of my favorite books, which reads like a family epic told with poetry and heart, set in one weekend, is The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea.” - Katie Gutierrez ’06

“All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death.”

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel’s half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.

Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.

Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

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