In Search of Bernabe
by Graciela Limón
Publication Date: January 1, 1993
Bind: Trade Paperback
Graciela Limón’s absorbing first novel, In Search of Bernabé, humanizes the political turmoil of contemporary Central America by focusing on one woman’s anguish when she is separated from her son in the chaos that follows the assassination of Archbishop Romero in El Salvador.
Against incredible odds, Luz Delcano is determined to find her son, Bernabé. Her unshakeable conviction that her son has fled to the north as so many other Salvadorans were doing leads her on an odyssey through Mexico and into the United States. Meanwhile, Bernabé finds himself almost unwillingly pulled into the life of a guerrilla fighter in the mountains. Repulsed by the violent life of the guerrillas, he is unable to return to the seminary where he was to be ordained as a priest for fear of being murdered. Intertwined with the story of the Salvadorans is the story of Father Hugh, an American priest struggling with his conscience as he watches the horrors committed in El Salvador with weapons he sold to the Salvadoran military.
Finalist, 1994 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction
Finalist, 1994 Art Seidenbaum Award
Winner, 1994 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award
“In this well-constructed novel about El Salvador during the civil strife of the 1980s, Limon tells a tragic family saga.”—Publishers Weekly
“Limon’s prose is self-assured and engrossing.[This Book] deserves a large audience.”—The New York Times Book Review
GRACIELA LIMÓN is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of seven novels: Left Alive (2005), Erased Faces (2001), The Day of the Moon (1999), Song of the Hummingbird (1996), The Memories of Ana Calderón (1994) In Search of Bernabé (1993), and Left Alive (2005), all from Arte Público Press. In Search of Bernabé, translated and published in Spanish as En busca de Bernabé in 1997, is the recipient of an American Book Award. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum First Novel Award and was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review. Erased Faces is the recipient of the 2002 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. Limón is Professor Emeritus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she served as a professor of U.S. Latina/o Literature and Chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies.