House of Houses : A family memoir told in the voices of ancestors, House of Houses is about oppression and survival and sometimes triumph, as "any book about a Mexican American family must be." Mora's House of Houses is large, imagined, traditional, a refuge from the desert's heat, where the generations of her family, living and dead, mingle through the months of a single year. The house in inhabited by Mora's father, Raul, the fighter who hit no one; her mother, Estela, the extrovert who in grade school chose to be a rainbow tulip for May Day since no one color was enough; Estela's mother, Amelia, the Mexican Cinderella, a red-haired orphan taken in by wealthy relatives. Drawing on the magical realism that distinguishes the work of so many Latin American writers - from Garcia Marquez to Esquivel - Mora writes of the multicolored cloth that heals the women in her family and of her father's ability to turn himself into a bird.
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