Welcome to the companion site for Tattoos on the Heart, the 2013 LMU Common Book.
Mother Theresa diagnosed the world’s ills in this way: we’ve just ‘forgotten that we belong to each other.’ Kinship is what happens to us when we refuse to let that happen. With kinship as the goal, other essential things fall into place; without it, no justice, no peace. I suspect that were kinship our goal, we would no longer be promoting justice – we would be celebrating it.
- Fr. Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart, page 187
No other contemporary Los Angeles writer has so deftly captured the expressive flavor of the distinctive Spanglish patois spoken by the young people of East L.A. That alone makes Tattoos on the Heart remarkable literature. But something more is accomplished: An entire community made invisible by the wider city’s indifference and distaste comes urgently to life on these pages.”
- Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
An astonishing book… about suffering and dignity, death and resurrection… It is lovely and tough and tender beyond my ability to describe and left me in tears of both sorrow and laughter.”
- Anne Lamott