I loved the book. Honestly, I had a moment of panic when I first suggested it because I had never read it, nor had I spoken with anyone who had, so there was a chance it would suck hard. Then I read it and was astounded. It took me about a week to get through it. That is because it would wake me up at night and I would read for a couple of hours in the middle of the night. I just couldn't put it down. I think Urrea is a master storyteller. He put the novel together from stories he had collected over 20 years (I think that's what the end of the book said). I love the idea of collecting oral histories and then putting them together in a cohesive narrative. The book was full one of those that gave me physical reactions - made me laugh out loud often and even gasp here and there - I absolutely love that in a book. I think he did a great job, but did have one small section that threw me off. The pages where Huila comes back from the dead to talk with Teresita. It seemed like a missed opportunity for Urrea. The idea was great, but the dialogue they had was false and forced, where the rest of the dialogue, although fictionalized, was believeable and flowed naturally. I wished he had left us to wonder what they talked about than to force a wholly unbelievable interaction between the two. I even wondered for a second whether his editor had thrown it in. It just didn't seem to fit. Urrea is masterful at developing characters, even if there was some stereotyping going on. After all, Teresita was the virginal figure who was imbued with the ability to work miracles - yes, she was raped, but that was not by her own lust. Tomas was virile and couldn't help it that he loved pussy so much (actually, the women were lucky that he was so gifted in cunnilingus - all but his wife). In fact, Urrea's portrayal of the machismo of the men in the story made me think about how Alice Walker was critisized so harshly for portraying men so harshly. I feel like Urrea could get away with his hyper-sexual, even mysogynistic portrayal of men, and get away with it because he is a man. Privilege Alice Walker does not have. Imagine what the uproar would have been if in The Color Purple, in addition to portraying men so harshly, one of the female characters had a purse made out of testicle? Regardless of these issues, the book was one of the best I've ever read. I loved the stories and I especially loved the way Huila was so much like the stories I've heard of my Great Grandma, Tranquilina Galvez. I look forward reading it numerous times and have been recommending it to everyone I know.