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by Brando Skyhorse

When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw no reason for her son to live his life as a Mexican just because he started out as one. The life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin.

Through a series of letters to Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a stranger in prison for armed robbery, Maria reinvents herself and her young son as American Indians in the colorful Mexican-American neighborhood of Echo Park, California. There Brando and his mother live with his acerbic grandmother and a rotating cast of surrogate fathers. It will be over thirty years before Brando begins to untangle the truth of his own past, when a surprise discovery online leads him to his biological father at last.

From an acclaimed, prize-winning novelist celebrated for his “indelible storytelling” (O, The Oprah Magazine), this extraordinary literary memoir captures a son’s single-minded search for a father wherever he can find one, and is destined to become a classic.

Take This Man: A Memoir

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  • Brando Skyhorse is a Hispanic Native American author and winner of the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2011 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his novel The Madonnas of Echo Park. He was a professional book editor prior to publishing this book, which was originally named Amexicans. Skyhorse Publishing is named after him.

  • Publisher:    Simon & Schuster    
    Binding: Paperback
    Pub Date: June 23, 2015
    Copyright Date: 2014


    -  Biography & Autobiography | Personal Memoirs - Literary

    - Topical | Family

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