Books by Yxta Maya Murray

Yxta Maya Murray is the author of Locas and What it Takes to Get to Vegas. She was recipient of the 1999 Whiting Writers' Award for fiction. She teaches at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she lives.


FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"This may not be great literature, but it holds strong appeal for teens who can't get enough street lit. (Fiction. YA)"
On the day Michelle Peña wins in the qualifying rounds for All-American track and earns a spot on her school's academic decathlon team, she and her best friend, Kiki, are kidnapped. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN JADE by Yxta Maya Murray
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Fiery beauties and rakish hunks can't enliven this overblown melodrama."
Meticulously researched backstory and excess verbiage too often trump adventure in Murray's fourth effort (The Conquest, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CONQUEST by Yxta Maya Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"A fluid and genuinely interesting story badly weighed down by leaden prose ('If I prove my hypothesis I will be as clever as any necromancer, for all the dark women of history have lost their tongues') and a thoroughly hackneyed view of Latin American history."
Another ponderous and trendy novel from Murray (What It Takes to Get to Vegas, 1999, etc.), this one about a museum curator's search for the identity of a 16th-century memoirist. Read full book review >
WHAT IT TAKES TO GET TO VEGAS by Yxta Maya Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Readable and intelligent, though this writer of promise and ferocious energy needs to scrutinize her subject matter a little more deeply."
Men will break your heart, but sisterhood is powerful in this uneven but arresting second novel by the author of Locas (1997). Read full book review >