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The book of lost saints

by Older, Daniel José,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary

The Book of Lost Saints is an evocative multigenerational Cuban-American family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds from New York Times -bestselling author Daniel José Older.

Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, disappearing with hardly a trace. Now, shaped by atrocities long-forgotten, her tenacious spirit visits her nephew, Ramón, in modern-day New Jersey. Her hope: that her presence will prompt him to unearth their painful family history.

Ramón launches a haphazard investigation into the story of his ancestor, unaware of the forces driving him on his search. Along the way, he falls in love, faces a run-in with a murderous gangster, and uncovers the lives of the lost saints who helped Marisol during her imprisonment.

The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older is a haunting meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free.

An Imprint Book

" Spellbinding ."
--Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

"A lyrical, beautiful , devastating, literally haunting journey."
--N.K. Jemisin, award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Marisol was a political prisoner during the Cuban Revolution, before she disappeared leaving only the vaguest clues to her whereabouts. Her spirit, however, lingered, and now visits her descendants in modern-day New Jersey. Using her otherworldly influence to spark inspiration in her nephew, Ramón, Marisol hopes her presence will spur an interest in the family's radical history and bring truth to the rumors of her disappearance. On his own quest, Ramón picks up the story where Marisol leaves off as he encounters criminals, law enforcement, heartbreak, and a driving force for good. This sweeping cross-generational saga from YA and adult fantasy author Older (Battle Hill Bolero, 2017) immerses readers in the thrilling, heartbreaking history of one Cuban American family. Marisol is an effectively omniscient narrator, weaving memories of years past and predictions for her family's future into the contemporary story. With lyricism and atmosphere, Older skillfully emphasizes tone over plot. Fans of Lucinda Reilly, Judith Kinghorn, and Richard C. Morais will find themselves lost in Ramón's haunting, melancholy, and undeniably inspiring journey.--Stephanie Turza Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A ghost of the Cuban revolution haunts the pages of this vivid and emotional literary fantasy from Older (Shadowhouse Fall). Marisol Aragones died after Castro gained power and the Cuban revolution turned sour, but she can't remember how or why. Now a disembodied spirit in early-2000s New Jersey, with only a tenuous foothold in the land of the living, her one hope for piecing together her past is through her nephew, Ramon. Marisol spends her days observing--and criticizing--Ramon's work as a hospital security guard and DJ and his hopeless feelings for his no-strings-attached fling, Aliceana Mendoza. At night, she infiltrates his dreams to give him visions of what little she remembers of her life during the revolution. These dreams send Ramon on a quest to uncover long-buried family secrets, dragging a difficult truth from his mother and traveling with Aliceana to Cuba, where the resistance works against the government in secret. Older's descriptions of Cuba, both past and present, are thoroughly transportive. This moving story of family and freedom is sure to captivate readers. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cuban American families -- Fiction.
Cuba -- History -- Revolution, 1959 -- Fiction.
New Jersey -- Fiction.
Ghost stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 327 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781250185815
1250185815
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