Publisher: Warner Books (May 1995)
ISBN #: 0446600253
Ultima a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic lives with Antonio Marez's famliy in their New Mexico hime when he was six years old. Antonio is the youngest of his three brothers whom went off to fight in World War 2. When Ultima stays with the Marez family, Antonio's relationship with her becomes very strong. As Antonio gets older he has to choose between his father's family's nomadic lifestyle, or his mother's family's settled down agricultural way of life.
Throughout the story, many major events occur that may change Antonio's belief about God. As a young boy, Antonio's childhood was filled with views of life as an adult. Ultima shows him of what his life is destined to be. The story ends with life changing challenges that he will have to face in the future.
The very first time I read this book, I thought it would be boring. After reading it the second time, I realized that it wasn't so bad after all. The stories that I usually read in class are rather boring and just not my genre, but this one was pretty interesting. Rudolfo Anaya thoroughly explains life as a young boy during the 1940's. This book isn't one of my very favorite books, but it's decent for young adult readers.