Heart of Aztlán

by Rudolfo Anaya

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Last Updated September 5, 2023.

Heart of Aztlán is the second story in a trilogy that takes place in the 1950s in the community of Guadalupe, Mexico. The story covers spiritual healing, socio-political struggles, and Chicano empowerment. In this book, the Chavez family moves to a barrio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they encounter Crispin, a spiritual leader who provides meaning and guidance in people's lives.

The Chavez family has gone through its fair share of troubles, such as having a drug-addicted son who is later murdered. The father, Clemente, is an alcoholic who has lost his job, and he has two daughters who are prostitutes. The oldest brother has had to find work, and the middle son is in charge of the family and guides his mother.

Crispin helps Clemente adjust to new life in the city and embark on a magical and spiritual journey. He also helps the Chavez family and the community realize they are at the mercy of powerful railroad interests. At the end of the story, Chavez finds meaning and leads a march against his former bosses.

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