Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano
9780062268549 In LoterÃa, the spellbinding literary debut by Mario Alberto Zambrano, a young girl tells the story of her familyâ€™s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Latin American game of chance. Â With her older sister Estrella in the ICU and her father in jail, eleven-year-old Luz Castillo has been taken into the custody of the state. Alone in her room, she retreats behind a wall of silence, writing in her journal and shuffling through a deck of loterÃa cards. Each of the cardsâ€™ colorful imagesâ€”mermaids, bottles, spiders, death, and starsâ€”sparks a random memory. Â Pieced together, these snapshots bring into focus the joy and pain of the young girlâ€™s life, and the events that led to her present situation. But just as the story becomes clear, a breathtaking twist changes everything. Beautiful full-color images of loterÃa cards are featured throughout this intricate and haunting novel.