Loter a A young girl tells the story of her family s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Mexican game in this spellbinding debut novel that marks the arrival of a powerhouse new talent With h

  • Title: Lotería
  • Author: Mario Alberto Zambrano
  • ISBN: 9780062268549
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A young girl tells the story of her family s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Mexican game in this spellbinding debut novel that marks the arrival of a powerhouse new talent.With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven year old Luz Castillo has been taken into the custody of the state Alone in her room, the young girl retreaA young girl tells the story of her family s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Mexican game in this spellbinding debut novel that marks the arrival of a powerhouse new talent.With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven year old Luz Castillo has been taken into the custody of the state Alone in her room, the young girl retreats behind a wall of silence, writing in her journal and shuffling through a deck of Loter a cards a Mexican version of bingo featuring bright, colorful images.Neither the social worker assigned to her case nor her Aunt Tencha, who desperately pleads for her niece s release, can cajole Luz to speak The young girl s only confidant is her journal Within its pages, Luz addresses an invisible higher power, sharing her secrets.Using the Loter a cards as her muse, Luz picks one card from the deck with each shuffle Each of the cards colorful images mermaids, bottles, spiders, death, and stars sparks a random memory Pieced together, these snapshots bring into focus the joy and pain of the young girl s life, and the events that led to her present situation But just as the story becomes clear, a breathtaking twist changes everything.A surprising, spellbinding tale richly imaginative and atmospheric, Loter a is an exquisite debut novel from an outstanding new voice in fiction.

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    About “Mario Alberto Zambrano

    • Mario Alberto Zambrano

      Mario Alberto Zambrano was a contemporary ballet dancer before dedicating his time to writing fiction He has lived in Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Japan, and has danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballett Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company He graduated from The New School as a Riggio Honors Fellow and the Iowa Writers Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow, where he also received a John C Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction Loter a is his first novel.

    294 thoughts on “Lotería

    • (Originally published at UnaVitaVagabonda.)----------Mario Alberto Zambrano’s Lotería: A Novel is a gorgeous book.What's unfortunate is that, when I say this, I'm referring exclusively to the physical object.In publishing Lotería, HarperCollins has produced the kind of elegant, expensive-looking (and expensive, at $22 for 272 pages, many of them blank) book that is an endangered species in American libraries: Pleasingly hefty in a 7”x5” format, Lotería features solid cover boards that b [...]

    • Even before I started reading it, I was impressed with the beauty of this book with its thick pages, and full page images of Mexican Loteria cards before each vignette. Loteria is similiar to bingo, except that images are used instead of numbers. The dealer sings a riddle for each image, and the players cover the images. The Loteria card "La Rosa" is on the cover of the book.Refusing to speak, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo is in a home run by the state after some tragic events. She is looking at [...]

    • Fikir şahane ancak uygulama başarısız.Kitabın tasarımına - boyuttan kenar kesimine, yazı tipinden renkli resimlere - 5 yıldız. cidden çok özenli bir iş olmuş.Keşke kalan için aynı şeyi söyleyebilseydim. 2/5

    • At first, I thought, "Wow! a Spanish author who is an acclaimed ballet dancer and an Iowa Arts Fellow!! Oh! I can't wait to see what his book is about. OH LOTERIA ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE BOOK?! I DIE!!"Until I read the book and realized the ADULT SPANISH MALE author is writing about the CHICANO experience from an 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL'S POV. He doesn't pull it off. Domestic abuse, loteria, and first-generation americanism are all things I can relate to, and I'm not buying it.And waking up in a rehabilit [...]

    • I heard about this book on NPR and it sounded intriguing. The book itself is very beautiful, with colorful illustrations of the Loteria cards. But packaging isn't enough to save this book. I kept waiting for it to take some sort of direction. The prose is okay, but the vignettes following each card started to feel very contrived, like a gimmick instead of really being intrinsic to the storytelling. It holds off on what is supposed to be the powerful stuff too long and by then I was just bored an [...]

    • 2.5**Eleven-year-old Luz Castillo sits and deals the cards of her Lotería deck. She is in the custody of the state, and cannot (or will not) speak about what she has seen and done in her short childhood. But each card in the deck leads to a memory, and she writes her thoughts in the notebook her Aunt Tencha gave her. This is a tragic story born of crushed hopes and poverty, and resulting in alcohol abuse, and violence. That there are children living in these circumstances is disturbing, and all [...]

    • Mario Alberto Zambrano's debut novel achieves the tone that is both the hardest to strike in fiction and the most effective: quiet devastation. LOTERIA is the story of 11-year-old Luz trying to sort through her complex, damaged emotions in the fallout of a family tragedy by shuffling through a deck of Loteria cards--the Mexican game of chance. Of course, being so young, Luz is not fully equipped to negotiate such difficult emotional terrain, or articulate her own sense of loss. And yet the reade [...]

    • First, let me confess: I was attracted to this book because of its cover, nothing more. I didn't hear someone falling over themselves praising it on the radio or anything. The striking depiction of a loteria card featuring a rose caught my eye on the Choice Reads shelf at the library. Upon reading the premise (a series of vignettes based upon each card) I'd decided to give this a go.Before I go into detail about what is so very wrong with this book, let me give it credit where it is due: Loteria [...]

    • First let me tell you what this wonderful little book looks like. It is about 9 x 6 in. and it is hardbound, no book jacket and on the front surrounded by a background of blue, there is a lovely red rose. The pages are thicker, so they do not tear easily. Loteria itself, is a Mexican game that is played somewhat like Bingo but using colorful cards and riddles and different patterns. Each chapter had a page with the picture of the card in beautiful colors. The presentation of this book is fantast [...]

    • The premise of this sophomoric mess is "Loteria," a bingo-like Mexican card game with a different image on each card, each image also carrying a riddle with it. Each chapter of this novel shows a card whose image reveals a new riddle in the story. There is one card missing which supposedly reveals the secret of what has been hidden all along, which is not worth the reader's effort, to say the least. I think the hidden image, or missing card, should be "la pistola" so that the reader can shoot hi [...]

    • I absolutely loved this book. It made me so nostalgic for many of the things mentioned in the book. It felt like an old friend reminiscing with me about the past. I thrilled at things that the author mentioned within the story that made me want to say outloud "I remember that!" "I used to do that too!" Here too was another memorable protagonist that will live in my heart for a very long time. The book is beautifully presented with each chapter showing an actual picture of a card from the Loteria [...]

    • This is a powerful little book. I must admit that I think it was a bit over my head - it involves the slowly revealed tale of young Luz Castillo, currently in the custody of child protective services. Why? The reader doesn't know yet - Luz refuses to talk. The bits and pieces of her life with her father, mother, sister and aunt are slowly told through her journal entries with the use of Loteria cards - a Mexican bingo type game.Each chapter (and I use that term very loosely as some are mere para [...]

    • I was going to give this book three stars originally because I am not so sure the narrative conceit of Loteria worked (what pre-teen, having experienced tragedy, would structure the telling of her story in personal journals based on a deck of cards?). Also, the voice in this story, while beautiful, is sometimes far too mature to be accurately eleven years old. Any frustration I felt with this book was all in its stylistic choices.That being said, I am in a generous mood and really wanted to give [...]

    • Structured on the Mexican game of Loteria, each chapter was tied to one of the 54 cards. It was through each card/chapter that the 11-year old narrator slowly told her story through vignettes until the end when the puzzle was revealed. The novel began with Luz writing in her journal as a ward of the state, her sister was in a hospital, her father was in jail, and she had not seen her mother in a year or more. The puzzle was unraveling the tragic events that created her circumstances. I appreciat [...]

    • I have to start by raving about how beautiful this book is. The feel of the book itself and its cover, the gorgeous illustrations by Jarrod Taylor, the thickness and heaviness of the pages, even its size - you can tell that this book was designed with the utmost care. It gives testament to just how much (so, so much) went into the crafting of the story itself, which is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I especially loved how the journal entries were written using the Loteria cards - entries writte [...]

    • I loved this book. It was beautifully written and so creative. This was a favorite childhood game and one I still play with my children. I enjoyed how the author weaved the story and the game together. I gave it 5 stars instead of 4.5 because of the way it spoke to me personally. Some parts of the story were all too familiar to me.

    • I liked it a lot. A lot of the cultural things resonated immensely with what I grew up with and it made me feel like I was reading an alternative life I could have had, up until the violence started. And it also surprised me that it's set where I grew up and where I live now. That made everything more personal and realistic. The way the lotería drew the story was really unique and the initial reason I picked up this book at random at my library. I really enjoyed it.

    • It is slowly revealed what has happened to eleven-year-old Luz María Castillo and her family through diary entries she makes based on Loteria cards she draws from a deck in Mario Alberto Zambrano's debut novel Loteria. This is a tragic story told through the memories and in the voice of a young girl. The 53 chapters all open with the picture of a different Lotaria card. Luz is talking to God in her diary entries, as she contemplates her memories of her family. She is in state custody and not ta [...]

    • 3.5/5This is such an interesting concept but I'm not entirely certain how I feel about the story. Luz is in the custody of the state of Texas, her sister Estrella in a coma. Her father has been arrested and her aunt Tencha encourages her to write her thoughts in a journal. Luz has not spoken since her father was arrested. Each chapter is a very short journal entry with her memories prompted by a card from the Lotería game. Her thoughts are directed to God. As Luz recalls her life, what becomes [...]

    • Luz Maria Castillo is eleven years old and she is a ward of the state. She has been placed in a facility that houses young people because of some unknown reason. We do know, however, that her father is in jail and that her mother has run away several years ago. She has a sister Estrella and an aunt Tencha. Her aunt visits her frequently but Luz has not spoken since she has been placed in custody.She is using a deck of Loteria cards, a Mexican game similar to bingo, to write her family's story. E [...]

    • As an assist to our "learning Spanish adventure" the book provided the following: "They used to pinch me when I'd say something wrong. Not a bad word, not a maldicion. Just a word that came before another, one that turned something into either a woman or a man. La something or El something. As if the moon weren't Romeo one night and Juliet another. They'd pinch me if I called something a boy instead of a girl, or the other way around. Why is it la mano instead of el mano? I can think of Papi's h [...]

    • An easy and delightful read and I thought it provided welcome insight into Mexican-American culture. Loteria is a popular Mexican game that is similar to bingo except that the card is filled by iconic images rather than numbers. Instead of calling out the images by name, the caller chants a riddle that provides a clue to the image. For reasons that quickly become clear, each of the books chapters relates to a Loteria image.The story is told from the point of view of an eleven year old Mexican-Am [...]

    • I couldn't sleep last night so I zipped right through this book. It is a really fast read and the typeface allows for even faster reading. At first I wasn't sure what the book was really going to be about and therefore started out pretty slow.However, once I understood the game and what was going on, things starting picking up pretty quickly. Loteria is apparently the Mexican version of Bingo. Luz, the young female protagaonist, is in a state foster care home in the US, and passes the days looki [...]

    • Update: Just kidding, I'm changing this to a 1. The more I think about this book, the more I feel like it's a 1 instead of even a 2. I just did not enjoy this at all really. So why would I give it a 2? -----I wish this was as good to read as the book design was to look at. Honestly I picked this up at the library thinking that if I really liked the story, I would definitely have to buy the book because it is just so nice looking.It's like, that's it. It's 2 stars. It's exactly what designates 2 [...]

    • This is a very interesting, fast read. The book is constructed around the titular Mexican game of loteria. Each card starts the chapter, with a lovely, simple illustration that functions as a frame for a surprisingly dark family drama. Despite the narrator’s young age (only eleven), do not mistake this for a YA book! The amount of Spanish present will definitely slow those unfamiliar with the language down. Some phrases and words will undoubtedly be familiar to those with only rudimentary Span [...]

    • The structure is solid, the content feels like good cinema, the balance between what's told and what isn't adds more dignity to this book. I guess it is a faithful portrait of what domestic violence can be in its most tragic form: when people actually love each other, but aren't wise enough to make something worthy of their feelings. There aren't real grown ups in this book, eccept maybe for the youngest character, the narrator - a fruitful paradox for a clever writer.I loved the use of Spanish [...]

    • This book shocked me. It shouldn't have because I've known lots of children who experienced unfairness and even tragedy and took it in stride. (A boy once told me of losing many of his favorite toys because he'd left them in the family car overnight and very early that next morning the car had been repossessed. He was sad but not to the extent I would have expected from the average child.) But Luz is eleven and believes things happen for a reason- either we deserve them or it's God's will- so sh [...]

    • It’s the cover that initially drew me to Mario Alberto Zambrano’s lovely debut novel. The wash of color and simple, yet emotive illustration transported me back to summers spent in Ensenada as a kid; whenever my Spanish teacher and I needed a break from my dismal attempts at mastering the language, she’d break out her Lotería deck, and we’d while away a half hour or so playing with the beautiful cards.Perceptions of childhood are very much at the forefront of Lotería, though with a far [...]

    • What an amazing book! I also recognized it's set in the Houston area :D ("TC Jester" and "Magnolia Park")The story is haunting, giving the reader a sense of unease as Luz, the eleven year old narrator tells us through the various cards of the Loteria (Mexican Bingo) what happened to her, how her family was so dysfunctional yet so destructive. Near the end where we realize just why Luz was sent to the children's center. I also love that the story gave us unanswered questions: just what happened t [...]

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