"Bless Me, Ultima
made me feel seen in the same way that Whitman's poetry does. . . . It's enchanting: a journey of the senses, and a classic for a reason. . . . Anaya was an author who appreciated different perspectives and cultures. . . . Without his work, books like mine could not exist." –Erika L. Sánchez, from the Foreword
"Half a century after its publication, Bless Me, Ultima
is still reaching new heights. . . . The novel's impact is felt everywhere. . . . It's the quintessential coming-of-age story of a young person. . . . A universal tale of empowerment . . . As Anaya wrote in the opening of the novel, 'Ultima came to stay with us . . .' Fifty years later, she's still here and stronger than ever." ―Albuquerque Journal "
One of the foundational texts of Chicano literature." –Los Angeles Review of Books
"Anaya's voice [is] rich as mahogany, terse as a stream." –The New York Times