From PEN/Hemingway award winner Brando Skyhorse comes this
stunning, heartfelt memoir in the vein of The Glass Castle or The
Tender Bar, the true story of a boy’s turbulent childhood growing up with
five stepfathers and the mother who was determined to give her son everything
but the truth.
When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was
abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting
life, saw no reason for her son to live his life as a Mexican just because he
started out as one. The life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of
an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin.
Through a series of letters to Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a
stranger in prison for armed robbery, Maria reinvents herself and her young son
as American Indians in the colorful Mexican American neighborhood of Echo Park,
California. There Brando and his mother live with his acerbic grandmother and a
rotating cast of surrogate fathers. It will be over thirty years before Brando
begins to untangle the truth of his own past, when a surprise discovery online
leads him to his biological father at last.
From an acclaimed, prize-winning novelist celebrated for his
“indelible storytelling” (O, The Oprah Magazine), this extraordinary
literary memoir captures a son’s single-minded search for a father wherever he
can find one and is destined to become a classic. Download and start listening now!