Kathleen Alcalá

Treasures in Heaven

Treasures in Heaven is about the things we yearn for, but can never quite grasp. Set at the end of the 1800's in Mexico City, Estela arrives from the north in search of her lover. She finds work as director of a school for street children conducted by an eccentric, wealthy woman. The school expands to include the mothers, and Estela becomes a participant in the feminist movement of the time. The astonishing things she learns about the world transform her into what we would recognize as a modern woman. This is the last of three novels set in 19th Century Mexico, and received the 2001 Washington State Book Award. (Chronicle Books, 2000).

Now in paperback from Northwestern University Press.

Selected Works

Creative nonfiction, memoir, environmental sustainability.
Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards and reminds us that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is intertwined with our present but offers a path to a better understanding of the future.
Creative Nonfiction
Essays on Family and Writing

The Desert Remembers My Name makes an important contribution to discussions of ethnicity, identity, and the literature of place.”
Bloomsbury Review
"...a mesmerizing tale... the author explores the fascinating confusions and contradictions plaguing a culture precariously poised between tradition and modernization."
"She never forgot the power of storytelling as testimony."
The Utne Reader
"Kathleen Alcalá's Spirits of the Ordinary is an enthralling book..."
–Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Books

"This book entered my dreams."
–Alberto Rios
Short Fiction
"Thoroughly satisfying."
The New York Times Book Review

"By turns touching, entertaining, and surprising, and uniquely her own."
Publishers Weekly

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