Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Set in 1940s New Mexico, Bless Me Ultima is Anaya’s award-winning Latino coming of age novel. The work’s main character, young Antonio, is torn between the lifestyles of his father’s cowboy family and his mother’s farming relations. One side wants him on a horse; the other would have him become a priest. However, Antonio’s life changes forever when Ultima, Antonio’s aunt, comes to live with the family. Ultima, a mystical healer, teaches Antonio how to gather the knowledge that will help him become a man.