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"Perhaps it is time for a new kind of femininity," declares Nayeli, the 19-year-old heroine of this engaging postglobalization immigration story from the author of La hija de la chuparrosa (The Hummingbird's Daughter). Nayeli's small village in the Sinaloa region of Mexico has been drained of its adult males, including her father, by the promise of "El Norte," and taken over by some shadowy gangsters. Nayeli decides to journey north herself to bring back some of the men who have abandoned their families and their country, thereby saving her beloved town. It would be hard to go wrong with such a premise, and Urrea rises to the occasion with a surprising, inventive, and very funny novel populated by an array of quirky characters. Highly recommended. [LJ 2/15/09] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.