Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo Anaya
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From one of the nation's foremost Chicano/ Hispanic literary authors, comes a coming-of-age classic and the bestselling Chicano novel of all time, Bless Me, Ultima, which follows a young boy as he questions his faith and beliefs. 

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and he will discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past--a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America. And at each life turn, there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world... and will nurture the birth of his soul.

Rudolfo Anaya (1937-2020) was a New Mexican novelist and essayist, and one of the founding voices in modern Chicanx literature. This debut novel of his, Bless Me, Ultima, was named a Great American Read by PBS and has been adapted into a feature film, an opera, and several plays.

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