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 Bless Me, Ultima

by Rudolfo Anaya

"The summer before Antonio Juan Márez y Luna turns seven years old, an old woman comes to live with his family in Guadalupe, New Mexico. This woman--called La Grande or Ultima--is a curandera, a traditional healer feared by many and mysterious to all.

Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age novel about a young boy's loss of innocence and approach to maturity. But it also deals with tradition and education, faith and doubt, and good and evil." -- The Big Read