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Brando Skyhorse gained national attention for his first novel, “The Madonnas of Echo Park,” which received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In his riveting, heartfelt memoir, “Take This Man” (Simon & Schuster), Skyhorse tells the true story of his dysfunctional childhood, a reality he learned 30 years later, after making a surprise online discovery about his biological father. He was born Brando Kelly Ulloa and abandoned by his Mexican father at 3 years old, but his mother decided to change the identity of her young boy, creating the life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist. Brando grows up believing he is an American Indian as he lives with his mother and grandmother in a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, going through the rotation of five stepfathers. This memoir follows Skyhorse’s quest to reclaim his identity and search for a father -- and the truth.

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Brando Skyhorse

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