Take This Man: a Memoir by Brando Skyhorse

Take This Man

When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw no reason for her son to live his life as a Mexican just because he started out as one. The life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin.

Through a series of letters to Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a stranger in prison for armed robbery, Maria reinvents herself and her young son as American Indians in the colorful Mexican-American neighborhood of Echo Park, California. There Brando and his mother live with his acerbic grandmother and a rotating cast of surrogate fathers. It will be over thirty years before Brando begins to untangle the truth of his own past, when a surprise discovery online leads him to his biological father at last.

 

Appearances

Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:00PM
Washington, DC
Politics & Prose · talk/reading/signing


Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:00PM
Washington, DC
National Book Festival · talk/Q&A/signing


Wed Sep 3, 2014 10:00AM
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University · President’s Convocation

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