Luis Alberto Urrea & Tacho
Meet Tacho. He's a character in one of the latest Big Read selections, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. He’s one of the few men left in the small village where the novel is set, Tres Camarones (Three Shrimp). He owns a taco shop called La Mano Caída (The Fallen Hand), and he's the best friend of Nayeli, our heroine. He also happens to be gay. Let’s face it: it’s not everyday we get to meet someone who fits Tacho’s description, especially in a novel geared towards young adults.