A narrative which is part myth, part religion, part history, and true in the sense all great fiction is true. Urrea takes on a character (a real life relative) who could easily be lost in a variety of directions, yet manages to make her both saintly and human all at once. I was reminded of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the life of St. Francis which (like his Last Temptation of Christ) focuses on the human in the divine. Urrea's characters are rich enough that you could read novels based on them, but he builds it around the "Saint" from her time as a young girl to when...well, I will not give away the ending. Not that the ending matters as much as the journey in this case. People with an interest in Mexican history will find the background of this to be very interesting. And for my brother-in-law, Roel, Texas even comes out good!!