Club Book Episode 34 Brando Skyhorse

Novelist and memoirist, Brando Skyhorse, made a name for himself in 2011 with the publication of The Madonnas of Echo Park. This fiction debut – set in one of Los Angeles’ most racially diverse neighborhoods, where Skyhorse himself grew up – garnered accolades for its contributions to the important, ongoing dialogue on what it means to be Mexican in America. It won the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction. Skyhorse’s recent, one-of-a-kind memoir is equally compelling. In Take This Man, Skyhorse recounts stories from a singular childhood, during which his mother hid the truth of his heritage and raised him to believe he was Native American. Kirkus Reviews named it one of its Best Nonfiction Books of 2014, and NBC News called it one of its 10 Best Latino Books for that year.