A gripping tale of a group of Mexican teenagers on a journey to save their small, struggling village, this book will challenge the way you think about the border and Mexico's relationships with the United States and other Central American countries. It's a coming of age story whose characters all resist simplicity, and it is surprisingly realistic in its optimistic vision of hope.— Josh
June 2009 Indie Next List
“What do you do if the men have left your village? Nayeli and her friends leave their Mexican village on a quest to bring a few good men home. Luis Alberto Urrea's latest novel is beautifully written, and is full of humor and humanity.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the
Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.
About the Author
Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of The Devil's Highway, The Hummingbirds Daughter, and Across the Wire. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award, and the Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award, and a Colorado Book Award. In 2001, Luis was inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.
"[Into the Beautiful North] is deliciously composed...[Urrea writes] in a sweet but serious style...You find it in the dialogue...You find it in the description of the countryside...the plot gathers as much strength as the prose..."—Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
"Awash in a subtle kind of satire...A funny and poignant impossible journey...Into the Beautiful North is a refreshing antidote to all the negativity currently surrounding Mexico." —Roberto Ontiveros, Dallas Morning News