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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (485 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luís Alberto Urrea Narrator: Luís Alberto Urrea Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, fiercely romantic, and riotously funny, Queen of America tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age and finding her place in a new world. Beginning where Luis Alberto Urrea’s bestselling The Hummingbird’s Daughter left off, Queen of America finds young Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and “Saint of Cabora,” with her father in 1892 Arizona. However, besieged by pilgrims in desperate need of her healing powers, and pursued by assassins, she has no choice but to flee the borderlands and embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of turn-of-the-century America.

Teresita’s passage will take her to New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis, where she will encounter European royalty, Cuban poets, beauty queens, anxious immigrants, and grand tycoons—and among them, a man who will force Teresita to finally ask herself the ultimate question: is a saint allowed to fall in love?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “‘Who is more of an outlaw than a saint?’ one of Luis Urrea’s characters poses. The answer is this ferocious, ribald romance of the border. Jaunty, bawdy, gritty, sweet, Queen of America has a bottomless comic energy and a heart large enough to accept—even revel in—all of human folly.”

    Stewart O’Nan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A magnificent work of literary alchemy, so masterfully infused with myth and history, you will feel these characters in your heart, your gut.”

    Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • “Enchanting…Fantastical…Urrea has stitched a seamless end to the saga.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Urrea delights in the texture of things. Turn-of-the-century America, particularly New York, comes alive at his fingertips: He sees both the silk and the mud…In imagining the story of his great-aunt Teresita, Urrea might have chosen to make her a hero; that would have been easier. What we get is more complicated, more modern…Hers is the story of what it means to have a gift, and how a talent can also be a burden.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Striking…[Urrea] deploy[s] the passion of a visionary, making music with his phrases, evoking a world in the ebullient manner of antique storytellers while employing effective modern narrative techniques…The novelist’s powers work their way in this entertaining and intelligent historical fiction, studded with delights, rich in image and metaphor, the voice strong and at the same time comforting as it creates a universe replete with a multiplicity of characters, complete in body and soul. And as in the best of fiction, though the novelist himself is not physically present, his voice speaks worlds.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Queen of America is filled with wondrous, wide-eyed descriptions of life in the United States in the beginning of the twentieth century…At once magical and corporeal, grounding and transporting, Queen of America tells the compelling true story of a young woman caught between worlds.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Gritty, bold, and much-anticipated…Fiercely romantic and at times heartbreaking but also full of humor, Urrea’s latest novel blends fairy tale, Western adventure, folk tale, and historical drama…[a] magnificent, epic novel.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Terry Earley | 2/15/2014

    " Although I loved "The Hummingbird's Daughter", this followup just never grabbed me. It probably is just me. I did not get all the way through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/6/2014

    " I *had* to read this; The Hummingbird's Daughter was one of the best books I've read and I couldn't miss the sequel. Like most sequels, it wasn't as magical as the original. And that's not really anyone's fault - this book is fiction but it's based on the real life of Teresa de Cabora, so it had to follow the path that she did. Teresita's life in America just wasn't as exciting as her life in Mexico. I'm not sure whether it's the change in countries or the social changes taking place at the time, but Teresa's life in America is filled with promises unfulfilled. She is misunderstood, used, and mistreated. I wanted so badly for her life to be lived under more positive circumstances, but the facts are the facts, and in many ways her life is better than that of many immigrants to the US in the early 20th century. The writing was just as good as the first book - I got lost in the world created by the author - and I would recommend it for the writing alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Irina | 2/4/2014

    " I have not read The Hummingbird's Daughter. From the description of the book, I thought I was in for a very dramatic read. But it was not that at all. This is a very lush, quiet, and beautifully written novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ferris | 1/23/2014

    " This sequel to Urrea's "The Hummingbird's Daughter" is the continuation of events in the life of Santa Teresita, the healer. What are the roles for a saint in the modern world? How does a saint cope with the oppotunism all around her? Can a saint fall in love? Just a few of the intriguing issues addressed in this tale. Urrea is a genuinely tale spinner. His use of language is lyrical and his characters are memorable. I listened to Urrea's narration via audiobook, and his voice is almost hypnotic. Enjoy! "

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