• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Harper (July 2, 2013)
Prepare to be enthralled by this lyrical, achingly human debut novel about a young girl’s remarkable resilience in the face of loss. Struggling to cope as her family falls apart, eleven-year-old Luz María Castillo retreats into her beloved set of Lotería cards—a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images. Each card represents a different memory, and as Luz shuffles through the deck, she weaves her recollections into a compelling story of love, loyalty, tragedy, and hope.
By turns affecting and inspiring, Lotería is a powerful novel that heralds the arrival of an outstanding new writer, one who reminds us of the importance of remembering, even when we are trying to forget.
Early Praise for Loteria:
“Lotería is the card-based Mexican variant of bingo and, in the hands of Zambrano, it’s a deck stacked with narrative possibilities.… From it, Zambrano coaxes a language that straddles pictures and words, Spanish and English. An intriguing debut.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Zambrano’s stellar debut is proof positive that good things come in small packages.” — Booklist (starred review)
Mario Alberto Zambrano was a Riggio Honors Fellow at the New School and recently completed his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow. He is a recipient of the John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Lotería is his first novel.
Mario’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, July 2nd: guiltless reading
Wednesday, July 3rd: nomadreader
Thursday, July 4th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, July 9th: Literally Jen
Wednesday, July 10th: she treads softly
Thursday, July 11th: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Monday, July 15th: Bibliophiliac
Thursday, July 18th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Monday, July 22nd: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Tuesday, July 23rd: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, July 24th: Sweet Southern Home
Tuesday, July 30th: Lectus
Wednesday, July 31st: Must Read Faster
Tuesday, August 6th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, August 15th: Col Reads