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ISBN: 0156006340

ISBN13: 9780156006347

The Flower in the Skull

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Deep in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico in the 1870s, a village of Opata Indians is attacked by soldiers. Along with the rest of her tribe, Concha is driven from her homeland and eventually finds her way to Tucson, where she finds a job cleaning houses and caring for children. When her own daughter, Rosa, is born, the legacy of Concha's dislocation continues, as Rosa is raised far from her native culture and struggles to find her place in a strange world...

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fabulous story of mexican history

I read this book first of the trilogy. I fell in love with the stories and read all three in just a few weeks time. The stories take us to a time, a place and a people who are forgotten. The women and men of Mexico, in the transition time when borders are fluid and countries are defining themselves, creating themselves, on the backs of the poor. They are people whose lives do not have happy endings. People who lived as best they could with few resources and no opportunities. My heart was taken by the characters. Alcala does a wonderful job of weaving history into a story that could be true. It is a lovely read. Enjoy.

A Haunting, Beautiful Book

Kathleen Alcala's "The Flower in the Skull" is a haunting, beautiful and well-researched novel that begins deep in Mexico's Sonoran Desert in the late 1800s and follows three generations of women up to the present. Alcala's language is clear, evocative and, at times, heart-wrenching as she tells this story of diaspora, lost family connections and personal discovery. One of the most moving chapters (titled, "The Girl in the Closet") is Alcala at her best as she captures the almost overwhelming fears of a woman beaten down by the sexual transgressions of her employer: "If I just stay here, I will be fine. Before I shut the door, I got a box of crackers from the kitchen, so I will be fine." This is a powerful novel.

Adapting to new worlds is not an easy task

In Flower in the Skull we see three generations of women trying to adapt to their sorroundings and at the same time make sense of their past. This is no easy task but the characters make an effort, and although they are not always totally happy, they manage to make it on their own. A very good book, very honest and informative.
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