The Story in the Cards

Loteria book coverLuz Castillo is a temporary ward of the state, and she’s not talking. Instead, she spends her time shuffling and re-shuffling a deck of Lotería cards, a BINGO-like game that uses riddles and pictures instead of numbers. Each card she draws sparks a memory which she records in a journal, and we readers are invited to peek over her shoulder. These entries, only a few pages each, allow us to piece together the events that caused her mother’s disappearance, her father’s imprisonment, and the fate of her sister. Lotería, an artful debut by Mario Alberto Zambrano, is presented in a small hardcover edition featuring color prints of each image to lead the chapter revelations.