Luis Urrea confronts head-on the ghosts and contradictions of his being: his father, a macho Mexicano whom Luis admired and dreaded as a young boy; his proud and lonely Anglo mother so out of place in the heat of Tijuana; and the conflict of cultures and languages in his psyche. Ghost Sickness drives into that confusion with the same kind of intensity that goaded Luisí father when he drove his 1966 Rambler into the Sonoran desert on his fatal journey.
"Ghost Sickness is a powerful and moving testimony of living moments. Luis Alberto Urrea has captured the grief of a parent's passage in death, multiplied ten fold by violence. And yet there is respite, grace and peace in this harsh, all too real landscape. Thank God for rain, earth and memory. Each word in this collection delights, haunts, and touches bedrock."