Brando skyhorses debut novel the madonnas of echo park won the 2011 pen hemingway award and the sue kaufman award for first fiction from the american academy of arts and letters skyhorse is a graduate of stanford university and the mfa writers workshop program at uc irvine. The madonnas of echo park by brando skyhorse is a breathtaking novel a connected set of short stories which explores the predominately mexican american neighborhood of echo park in east la each story relates the struggles of immigrants and first and second generation mexican americans and subtlety explores the themes of race class and . The madonnas of echo park is an extraordinary book i was captured by the writing ease with storytelling lively lyricism and unforgettable characters i cant recall a novel that captures the spirit of a place so well. Published in 2010 the madonnas of echo park is the first novel by mexican american author brando skyhorse skyhorse wrote this book as an homage to aurora esperanza a mexican american girl in his sixth grade class. The madonnas of echo park a novel by brando skyhorse book review click to read the full review of the madonnas of echo park a novel in new york journal of books review written by joseph arellano
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