Into the Beautiful North: Book summary and reviews of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

Into the Beautiful North

A Novel

By Luis Alberto Urrea

Into the Beautiful North
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  • Published in USA  May 2009,
    352 pages.

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Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.

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"The colorful characters, strong narrative and humor carry this surprisingly uplifting and very human story." - Publishers Weekly

"His fast-paced, accessible style has the crossover appeal of a John Steinbeck or Cormac McCarthy, while the politically charged undercurrent of the novel pulses with a compassionate vision of the future. Highly recommended." - Library Journal

"Minor work from a writer who has done much better." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Alice
Into The Beautiful North
Reading this book was a bit like going home for me. I was born and raised on the Mexican border, so know the towns and cities. Urrea truly captures the minds and spirits of the Mexicans from towns like Tres Camerones. I was willing to slog through too much description, merely to follow the simplistic and predictable storyline. That was okay with me. I read Hummingbird's Daughter and found it to have more substance...still and all I enjoyed my journey through this story. There was a sweetness and graciousness that is so common in Mexico.

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Luis Alberto Urrea Author Biography

Luis Alberto Urrea is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, winner of the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize for fiction, the Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for best short story and many other literary awards. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea has published extensively in fiction, short stories and poetry, and is a member of the Latin Literature Hall of Fame. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, IL, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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