Utah Humanities Book Festival: Ruben Degallado with David Lindes

Ruben Degallado, author of the acclaimed The Family Izquierdo, will join local author and musician David Lindes for a conversation about culture, family, and the love that sustains us.

The tight-knit Izquierdo family is grappling with misfortunes none of them can explain. Their beloved patriarch has suffered from an emotional collapse and is dying; eldest son Gonzalo's marriage is falling apart; daughter Dina, beleaguered by the fear that her nightmares are real, is a shut-in. When Gonzalo digs up a strange object in the backyard of the family home, the Izquierdos take it as proof that a jealous neighbor has cursed them--could this be the reason for all their troubles? As the Izquierdos face a distressing present and an uncertain future, they are sustained by the blood that binds them, a divine presence, and an abiding love for one another. Told in a series of soulful voices brimming with warmth and humor, The Family Izquierdo is a tender narrative of a family at a turning point.


This event is made possible in partnership with Utah Humanities as part of the annual Utah Humanities Book Festival.


Event date: 
Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
The Family Izquierdo: A Novel By Rubén Degollado Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393866827
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2022

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2022
Longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award

A masterful debut that weaves together the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love, and a curse.