Loteria: A Novel
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Date: July 2013
Duration: 3 hours 26 minutes
Prepare to be enthralled by this lyrical, achingly human
debut novel about a young girl's remarkable resilience in the face of loss. Struggling to cope as her family falls apart, eleven-year-old Luz Mar, a Castillo retreats into her beloved set of Loteria cards, a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images. Each card represents a different 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, Loteria is a powerful novel that heralds the arrival of an outstanding new writer, one who reminds us of the importance of remembering, even when we are trying to forget.
Mario Alberto Zambrano was a Riggio Honors Fellow
at the New School and recently completed his MFA at the Iowa
Writers' Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow. He is a recipient
of the John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Loteria is his first novel.