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House of Houses
by Pat Mora
University of Arizona Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-8165-2796-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3563.O73Z468 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

Combining poetic language and the traditions of magic realism to paint a vivid portrait of her family, Pat Mora’s House of Houses is an unconventional memoir that reads as if every member, death notwithstanding, is in one room talking, laughing, and crying. In a salute to the Day of the Dead, the story begins with a visit to the cemetery in which all of her deceased relatives come alive to share stories of the family, literally bringing the food to their own funerals. From there the book covers a year in the life of her clan, revealing the personalities and events that Mora herself so desperately yearns to know and understand.
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