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3.003663003663 out of 53.003663003663 out of 53.003663003663 out of 53.003663003663 out of 53.003663003663 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ana Castillo Narrator: Ana Castillo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From American Book Award—winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving new novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman.

Eking out a living as a teacher’s aide in a small New Mexican border town, Tía Regina is also raising her teenage nephew, Gabo, a hardworking boy who has entered the country illegally and aspires to the priesthood. When Gabo’s father, Rafa, disappears while crossing over from Mexico, Regina fears the worst.

After several days of waiting and an ominous phone call from a woman who may be connected to a smuggling ring, Regina and Gabo resolve to find Rafa. Help arrives in the form of Miguel, an amorous, recently divorced history teacher; Miguel’s gregarious abuelo Milton; a couple of Gabo’s gangbanger classmates; and a priest of wayward faith. Between the ruthless “coyotes” who exploit Mexicans while smuggling them to America and the border officials who are out to arrest and deport the illegal immigrants, looming threat is a constant companion on the journey.

Ana Castillo brilliantly evokes the beautiful, stark desert landscape and creates vivid characters with strong voices and resilient hearts. The Guardians serves as a remarkable testament to enduring faith, family bonds, cultural pride, and the human experience.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 1/23/2016

    " Book is great, story is great and soulful, but I'd have appreciated reading it much more than listening to the boring singing voice of the reader sigh........... Had a hard time concentrating with that voice, it was like listening to my 6th grade class mate trying to read to the class. However, the book is so worth while reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dusty | 2/12/2014

    " i listened to this story on a c.d. read by the author. you can tell she loves her words and feels them. usually i would fall asleep as i listened and have strange dreams filled with hard emotions. there are a lot of intense emotions in this book which takes place on a the border of new mexico and mexico. gabo talks to god all the time, tiny tears runs with a gang, gabo's tia survives on the hard desert dust and determination. and hope. tia regina speaks of humilating border crossings and her dog winnie, who is a big part of her desert safety. spiritual and physical. but eventually this book is about survival and forgiveness. it makes you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/5/2014

    " Wow. If any part of your heart or soul lives in El Paso, Juarez, or Canutillo this book feels like home. I couldn't believe the first time she talked about "el shur-save" or Anapra. Amazing book about tragedy and life on la frontera. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " I really loved this novel, especially Castllo's ability to write from the POV of several different characters. I felt there was a strongly different voice in each case. The frequent use of Spanish didn't bother me since that seemed like a natural part of each character's voice, but I could see how it would bother readers who weren't at all familiar with Spanish. Castillo did a beautiful job of showing how ordinary people's lives are affected by our inability to come to terms with "the border" and how some of those people are treated as disposable. "

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