An evocative multigenerational Cuban-American family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds. Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, disappearing with hardly a trace. Now, shaped by atrocities long-forgotten, her foul-mouthed spirit visits her nephew, Ramon, in modern day New Jersey. Her hope: That her presence will prompt him to unearth their painful family history. Ramon 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 Jose Older is a haunting meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free.
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by Daniel Jose Older
"Sofia Quintero's performance of this audiobook is compelling. Listeners are drawn into her first-person portrayal of Marisol, who encourages her nephew, Ram—n, to solve a mystery with a twist: Marisol died during the Cuban Revolution, and Ram—n is living in present-day New Jersey. Listeners come to know Marisol's ghost, particularly her empathetic voice, which Quintero effectively provides. Ram—n--by day a hospital orderly, by night a club DJ--comes to discover his heritage, eventually making his way to Cuba with the help of Marisol's spiritual interventions, seeking answers about his life and Marisol's death. The journey is complicated, but Quintero's performance skillfully places listeners in the locales of revolution-era Cuba and its contemporary--yet segregated and bureaucratic--counterpart. S.P.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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