“Into the Beautiful North” is the story of nineteen year old Nayeli. One day Nayeli looks around Tres Camarones, her small town in Mexico, and realizes all the men are gone. Her town has become a town comprised of only young women and older women as the men, including Nayeli’s father, have gone north and never returned. Since most of the men are gone, the small town has become the target of the drug cartels. When Nayeli attends a screening of the classic film The Magnificent Seven, she is inspired to build her own band of heroes who will defend Tres Camarones. Nayeli hatches a brave but somewhat naïve plan to go north to the United States and bring back her own band of warriors to defend and repopulate her town. Along with her best-friends, Nayeli ventures north where she encounters a variety of characters, some are potential warriors and others are brutal members of a society Nayeli is only just discovering. Readers fall in love with Nayleli’s spirit as we follow her on a journey of self-discovery as she strives to save her town and find her long lost father.
This book is part adventure novel, part coming of age story and partly a literary exploration of the unique world that exists on the border between Mexico and the United States. I highly recommend this book; there are so many themes to explore and characters to love. Read “Into the Beautiful North” and share your thoughts at a local book club meeting, with Book Talk, or with friends and family. Click here for more information about The Big Read and for a list of Big Read events throughout Orange County.
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