Heartbeat Drumbeat


A coming-of-age story set in the multicultural American Southwest, Heartbeat Drumbeat is rich in descriptions of Native-American and Mexican coming-of-age rituals.

by Irene Beltran Hernandez

ISBN: 978-1-55885-052-1
Publication Date: September 1992
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 134
Imprint: Piñata Books
11 and up

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Heartbeat Drumbeat is a coming-of-age story, set in the multi-cultural American Southwest.  Morgana Cruz is the daughter of a Navajo mother and a Mexican-American father. In her search for identity, Morgana weaves her way through a series of personal and cultural conflicts, leading her to interact with a group of fascinating characters: Isadora, her Navajo mentor; Eagle Eyes, a young Indian lawyer seeking to establish his own identity; and Morgana’s own parents—feisty Frank Cruz and elusive Marisol, whose secret holds the key to Morgana’s future.  Rich in descriptions of Native American and Mexican coming-of-age rituals, this novel will appeal to readers of all ages.