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The Madonnas of Echo Park - Summer Reading Program 2014  

Illinois Wesleyan University summer reading program for the entering class during the summer of 2014.
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2014 Summer Reading Selection


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About Echo Park, CA

  • NPR article on Skyhorse and Echo Park, CA
    n the 1920s, the hilly Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park was known as the home of silent film. But that was before the film industry moved to nearby Hollywood and "white flight" forever changed the face of Echo Park...
  • Echo Park, CA
    Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood of 43,000+ residents in the central region of Los Angeles, California. It has one high school and eight other schools. It has been home to many notable people and is centered on the lake of the same name...

Interview with Brando Skyhorse


Growing up a Native American Imposter: A Boy's Search for Identity

Preparing for the Summer Reading Discussion

  • Topics & Questions for Discussion
    Previously compared to the work of Junot Diaz, Sherman Alexie, and Jhumpa Lahiri, The Madonnas of Echo Park follows the lives of Mexican Americans in the shifting landscape of Los Angeles’s Echo Park neighborhood. Felicia, a housekeeper, and her daughter Aurora weave in and out of each others’ lives, struggling to find a common ground on which to relate. Aurora’s former classmates Duchess and Angie, steeped in American culture, drift apart as they choose different paths in life, each looking for a place to fit in. As their lives tangle together and bounce apart, each is given the opportunity to decide what is truly important to them.
  • Reading Group Guide (and a conversation with Brando Skyhorse)
    This reading group guide for The Madonnas of Echo Park includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Brando Skyhorse. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
  • Letter from Brando Skyhorse
    Dear Reader, A mother knows when she is losing her child...Click to learn more about what Brando Skyhorse wants readers to know.

About the Author

Brando Skyhorse was born and raised in Echo Park, CA. In 2011, he won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park


Madonna's Borderline

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