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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luís Alberto Urrea Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781478976622
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magical.”

    Vanity Fair

  • "[Into the Beautiful North] is deliciously composed…[Urrea writes] in a sweet but serious style…You find it in the dialogue…You find it in the description of the countryside…the plot gathers as much strength as the prose…”

    Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune

  • “Awash in a subtle kind of satire…A funny and poignant impossible journey…Into the Beautiful North is a refreshing antidote to all the negativity currently surrounding Mexico.”

    Roberto Ontiveros, Dallas Morning News

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About the Author

Luís Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss, and triumph. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea has published extensively in all the major genres. The critically acclaimed and bestselling author of over a dozen books, he has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction, and essays. After serving as a relief worker in Tijuana and a film extra and columnist-editor-cartoonist for several publications, Urrea moved to Boston, where he taught expository writing and fiction workshops at Harvard. He has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College and the University of Colorado, and he was the writer in residence at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.