Loteria

Loteria

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Using a deck of Loterâia cards as her muse, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo, a ward of the state who has retreated into silence, finds each shuffle sparking a random memory that, pieced together, brings into focus the events that led to her present situation.

HARPERCOLL

In Lotería, the spellbinding literary debut by Mario Alberto Zambrano, a young girl tells the story of her family’s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Latin American game of chance.
 
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 lotería 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 lotería cards are featured throughout this intricate and haunting novel.



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& Taylor

Using the a deck of Loteria cards as her muse, 11-year-old Luz Castillo, a ward of the state who has retreated into silence, finds each shuffle sparking a random memory that, pieced together, brings into focus the joy and pain of her life and the events that led to her present situation. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062268549
Branch Call Number: FIC ZAM
Characteristics: vi, 272 p. :,col. ill. ;,20 cm.

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Mooseum
Jan 31, 2017

I borrowed the audio book and was captivated by the story which was enhanced by the reader. She captured the character of Luz perfectly. Somehow I wondered if I was missing something by not borrowing the actual book and seeing the loteria cards. The story stands on its own.

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KSerá
Aug 27, 2013

I loved seeing all the lotería cards in this book, and the voice of the girl narrator comes through very well. Some reviewers thought the cards didn't work as a narrative device, but I can see how she would use them as prompts for telling her own difficult story.

madison382 Aug 06, 2013

This book is well written and keep your interest until the end,

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