Saint Death

Saint Death

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Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juárez--twenty metres outside town lies a fence, and beyond it, America--the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he's been working for. He's dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he's on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they're as good as dead. Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte)--she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian.
Publisher: London : Orion Children's Books, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781444011258
1444011251
9781444000528
1444000527
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Oct 29, 2017

Though filed under YA, this book tackles some very adult themes like globalization, immigration, and drug cartels. The author is British but captures the Mexico setting well and it works both as a gripping adventure and as a critique of certain political positions and neoliberal ideologies.

multcolib_susannel Aug 08, 2017

Arturo survives by his card playing skills and maintaining a low profile. But when Faustino asks him to gamble enough to repay the local drug lord, they decide to ask for help from Saint Death.

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AL_JESSICA May 22, 2017

"We all have a deep desire, a deep need, to ignore what is happening here. We do so in order that we can go on, day after day, but this is our future we are so very keen not to look at, and it rolls towards us, regardless of whether we choose to look away."

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