Take This Man: A Memoir (Paperback)

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“Skyhorse lived with his mother, grandmother, and, at one time or another, five of his mother's husbands, some of whom arrived via her classified ads, and none of whom could succeed completely in becoming a father to Brando. His birth father and mother were Mexicans, but his mother thought he should take the name Skyhorse from a husband she wed while he was in jail for murder. When Marlon Brando refused an Oscar award in a protest sympathetic to Native Americans, she decided to change his legal name to Brando, which was only the beginning of a host of incredible deceits purportedly made on his behalf. This is simply an awesome story, told with breathtaking skill and originality, of a wily and courageous boy's fight to find, and to know, his family.”
— Richard Howorth, Square Books, Oxford, MS

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Named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
One of NBC News's 10 Best Latino Books of 2014

"A West Coast version of Augusten Burroughs's Running With Scissors...A funny, shocking, generous-hearted book" (Entertainment Weekly) about a boy, his five stepfathers, and the mother who was determined to give her son everything but the truth.

When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his immigrant father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw no reason for her son to live as a Mexican American just because he was born one. With the help of Maria's ruthless imagination and a hastily penned jailhouse correspondence, the life of "Brando Skyhorse," the Native American 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, where Brando and his mother live with his acerbic grandmother and a rotating cast of surrogate fathers. It will be thirty years before Brando begins to untangle the truth, when a surprise discovery leads him to his biological father at last.

From this PEN/Hemingway Award-winning novelist comes an extraordinary literary memoir capturing a mother-son story unlike any other and a boy's single-minded search for a father, wherever he can find one.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781439170892
ISBN-10: 1439170894
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English

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