A young Mexican-American girl being held by the state after her mother goes missing and her father is jailed, tells her family’s story using a deck of cards of the eponymous game of chance in this powerful novel, now available as a limited Olive Edition from Harper Perennial.
“Loteria charms on every page, despite heartache, love and loss. . . . The beauty and joy of her voice overcomes the hardships of her life, and by the end we have fallen in love. Bravo to a marvelous debut!” Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less
Struggling to cope as her family falls apart, eleven-year-old Luz María Castillo retreats into her beloved set of lotería cards—a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images. Each card sparks a memory and as Luz shuffles through the deck she weaves her recollections into a compelling story of love, loyalty, tragedy, and hope.
By turns affecting and inspiring, Lotería is a bold novel that reminds us of the importance of remembering even when we are trying to forget.