Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother. The acclaimed author is best known for his novels about the U.S.-Mexico border, including "The Devil's Highway."
On this episode of "Texas Matters," contributor Yvette Benavides talks to Urrea about his latest work, "The House of Broken Angels," which is based on real-life events.
Urrea's novel deals with his terminally ill half-brother Juan, who over a two-day period attended his mother's funeral and then celebrated what would be his final birthday.
Urrea also discusses "dreamers," border walls, the heartaches and triumphs families endure, and pathways toward healing.
Urrea will be a featured speaker at the sixth annual San Antonio Book Festival on April 7, at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art.