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Loteria: A Novel

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    In a very young yet full life rattled and mangled by chance, Luz

    In a very young yet full life rattled and mangled by chance, Luz Castillo's journal forms the quietly devastating constructs of Mario Alberto Zambrano's debut novel, Lotería. Inspired by the eponymous Mexican card game, she finds clarity and voice despite her voluntary silence triggered by sudden upheaval of her treasured family. Each card of the Lotería deck elicits specific memories Luz uses to piece together her tragic story. And with each poetically random draw we learn via her writing just how visceral her need for family and continuity truly run. A novel of nuanced depth ensconced in spare prose, Lotería is sure to establish Zambrano as a talent to watch in earnest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    A tragic, yet beautiful body of work. For a debut, I am highly i

    A tragic, yet beautiful body of work. For a debut, I am highly impressed and eager for a second novel.  Bravo Mario! 

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

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    What happened to Luz's sister, Estrella? This is what you want t

    What happened to Luz's sister, Estrella? This is what you want to know from the moment the story begins and while it is unfolding... and Luz is in control of the speed at which we find out. We learn the details slowly, as Luz feels ready and able to write about it, as she writes in her journal while working through a stack of Lotería cards for inspiration. When exactly what happened is finally revealed, I was completely shocked. It was completely believable, but I just didn't see it coming at all.

    There's a lot of Spanish peppered into the story. Usually context makes the translation obvious, but there are definitely times when there's no help whatsoever. This has the potential to be frustrating for some readers. However, it adds to the beauty of the writing and gives an authentic atmosphere of the life of this immigrant family.

    The voice of Luz, our 11 year-old narrator, makes the story flow by quickly and easily. This is a crazy fast read, but certainly not a light one. The themes that come forth from her words are not what you'd expect - or want - to hear from a child. Domestic violence and child abuse from this young child's perspective... it's heartbreaking, complicated, and infuriating. Yet it's a story told very simply. I think this is a huge reason why Lotería comes across in such a powerful way.

    Lotería is Zambrano's first novel, and I hope to read more of his work in the future. This is a stunning debut.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Hola

    I have played loteria before i like it so i like this book

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    Posted July 8, 2013

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