The Family Izquierdo: Book summary and reviews of The Family Izquierdo by Rubén Degollado

The Family Izquierdo

A Novel

by Rubén Degollado

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The Family Izquierdo by Rubén Degollado
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    Sep 6, 2022
    304 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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A masterful debut that weaves together the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love, and a curse.

The tight-knit Izquierdo family is grappling with misfortunes none of them can explain. Their beloved patriarch has suffered from an emotional collapse and is dying; eldest son Gonzalo's marriage is falling apart; daughter Dina, beleaguered by the fear that her nightmares are real, is a shut-in. When Gonzalo digs up a strange object in the backyard of the family home, the Izquierdos take it as proof that a jealous neighbor has cursed them―could this be the reason for all their troubles? As the Izquierdos face a distressing present and an uncertain future, they are sustained by the blood that binds them, a divine presence, and an abiding love for one another. Told in a series of soulful voices brimming with warmth and humor, The Family Izquierdo is a tender narrative of a family at a turning point.

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Rubén Degollado is an educator from Texas and the author of The Family Izquierdo: A Novel and the young adult novel Throw. His fiction has appeared in Beloit Fiction JournalGulf CoastHayden's Ferry Review, and Image.

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"Throughout, Degollado convincingly portrays the family's mix of faith, superstition, and intergenerational volatility, and immerses the reader into a porous blend of English and Spanish. This is a gem." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Rubén Degollado has written an open-hearted work of witness, love, and triumph. We have come far. And this brave novel reminds us of where we have to go. Anyone with a family will find themselves in these pages." ― Luis Alberto Urrea

"In The Family Izquierdo, every story is a revelation. Rubén Degollado's storytelling is as rigorous as it is intricate. Intimate and epic, it brims with magic and spirit. A bold, beautiful debut!" ― Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

"With a delicate and perceptive understanding of humanity and the ties which bind community to history, Rubén Degollado has painted a portrait of sincere love in The Family Izquierdo. This book feels like coming home to a warm embrace, where the characters and land leap off the page and into our hearts." ― Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Woman of Light

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