With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo has been taken into the custody of the state. Alone in her room, she retreats behind a wall of silence, writing in her journal and shuffling through a deck of loteria cards. Each of the cards' colorful images--mermaids, bottles, spiders, death, and stars--sparks a random memory.
Pieced together, these snapshots bring into focus the joy and pain of the young girl's life, and the events that led to her present situation. But just as the story becomes clear, a breathtaking twist changes everything.
Beautiful full-color images of loteria cards are featured throughout this intricate and haunting novel.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 127 x 182.88 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
- 01 Jul 2014
- HARPER PERENNIAL
- New York, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
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Back cover copy
By turns affecting and inspiring, Loteria is a powerful novel that heralds the arrival of an outstanding writer, one who reminds us of the importance of remembering even when we are trying to forget.