The Guardians

Author: Ana Castillo,
Summary: A Novel
Tags: Fiction
From American Book Award-winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving 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, T赤a 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 with 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. Though their journey is rife with challenges and danger, it will serve as a remarkable testament to family bonds, cultural pride, and the human experiencePraise for The GuardiansNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE※An always skilled storyteller, [Castillo] grounds her writing in . . . humor, love, suspense and heartache每that draw the reader in.§每Chicago Sunday Sun-Times※A rollicking read, with jokes and suspense and joy rides and hearts breaking . . . This smart, passionate novel deserves a wide audience.§ 每Los Angeles Times※What drives the novel is its chorus of characters, all, in their own way, witnesses and guardian angels. In the end, Castillo*s unmistakable voice每earthy, impassioned, weaving a &hybrid vocabulary for a hybrid people*每is the book*s greatest revelation.§每Time Out New York※A wonderful novel . . . Castillo*s most important accomplishment in The Guardians is to give a unique literary voice to questions about what makes up a &family.* §每El Paso Times※A moving book that is both intimate and epic in its narrative.§ 每Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

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