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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: Luís Alberto Urrea Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781478903383
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A new short story collection from Luis Alberto Urrea, bestselling author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter and The Devil’s Highway

From one of America’s preeminent literary voices comes The Water Museum, a collection that proves once again why the writing of Luis Alberto Urrea has been called “wickedly good” (Kansas City Star), “cinematic and charged” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and “studded with delights” (Chicago Tribune). Examining the borders between nations and between people, Urrea reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-winning “Amapola” and his now classic “Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses,” which had the honor of being chosen two times for National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts.”

Suffused with wanderlust, compassion, and no small amount of rock and roll, The Water Museum is a collection that confirms Luis Alberto Urrea as an American master.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Urrea skillfully evokes the semi-comic experience of the sensitive observer who is both part of and outside of a community…Magic.”

    Washington Post

  • “All thirteen stories are realistic and unsparing, as unflinching and hard-hitting as they are beautiful…The Water Museum is a brilliant, powerful collection, and Luis Alberto Urrea is a master storyteller with a rock-and-roll heart.”


  • “Like Urrea, we care deeply for his characters. He writes with compassion and humor and with a nod to the creeping darkness within us all.”


  • “The author reads his descriptive stories at a steady, poetic pace for the listener. Luis Alberto Urrea’s narration is soft, almost tender, and raspy in parts…Urrea enjoys his prose, and so does the listener, as he describes the difficult choices facing people who live in the American West…the landscape is harsh, lives even harsher, but Urrea’s narration is as gentle as a whisper. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Offers thirteen stories that reflect both sides of his Mexican-American heritage while stretching the reader’s understanding of human boundaries…Urrea’s command of language is matched only by his empathy for his characters.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Urrea has a wonderful eye for details and captures each story’s context with wonderfully sharp observations…These stories are vibrant, tender, and invoke a strong sense of place.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • A Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
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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. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Prize, the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Literary Award, a Western States Book Award, a Colorado Book Award, an Edgar Award, and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother, he 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, he 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 was the writer in residence at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.