A magical new novel "of loss and love across more than a century of Cuba's past."(Chicago Sun-Times)
Alone in a city that haunts her, far from her family, her history, and the island she left behind, Cecelia seeks refuge in a bar in Little Havana where a mysterious old woman's fascinating tale keeps Cecelia returning night after night. Her powerful story of long-vanished epochs weaves the saga of three families from far-flung pieces of the world whose connection forms the kind of family that Cecelia has long been missing-one cast from legendary, unbreakable love. As Cecelia falls under the story's heady sway, she discovers the source of the visions that plague her, and a link to the past she cannot shake.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||9.22(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.06(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Daína Chaviano is the award-winning author of several novels published in Spanish. Winner of the acclaimed Azorín Award for Best Novel for El hombre, la hembra y el hambre (Man, Woman and Hunger), her most recent work, The Island of Eternal Love, was the recipient of the 2007 Florida Book Awards’ Gold Medal for Best Spanish Language Book and has been translated into twenty languages around the world. A Havana native, Chaviano has lived in Miami since 1991.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a Cuban/American i migrated with my family in the early dixties and this book has given me a better understanding of my roots great read keeps you engaged on the story
This is a CARIBBEAN GOTHIC novel you will love. This love story, ghost story, and historical novel celebrates the diverse roots of Cuban culture and its Miami diaspora. More importantly, this work explores the Chinese presence in Cuba in ways rarely presented before.
Born in Cuba, Cecilia left in 1994 settling in Miami's Little Havana; she has since become a reporter. Her friends persuade a hesitant Cecilia to accompany them to a club, which she finds totally boring. She is ready to leave when she meets an elderly woman in the back. Amalia begins telling a fascinated Cecilia re her family heritage. Every night Cecilia returns to hear more about how Amalia's three racial-makeups that consolidated into hybrids in Cuba. The old woman adds plenty of romance, violence and blood along with fairies and imps assaulting the females. Especially cursing her relatives for generations is Martinico the imp who has seemingly harassed her and her family forever. Using a Sherazade like narrator and fantasy elements also like in the Arabian Nights, Daina Chaviano provides an intriguing creative look at the multicultural roots that merged in Cuba. Thus readers obtain a glimpse at the impact of the Chine and the Spanish and to a lesser degree the African. Fans of historical fiction with a fascinating spin that will require an adjustment will enjoy the deep look at Cuban history and culture. Harriet Klausner
This is a family saga that takes place along two parallel lines: one in our time and another that begins in the 19 Century. The modern story revolves around the paranormal investigations of a young journalist researching a phantom house that appears and disappears in different parts of her city, Miami. Different magical or supernatural events conspire to make these three stories from the past begin to mix. One of the best things is the interaction between the fantastic and the real worlds. I enjoyed the connection between humans and fantasy creatures. Once I began reading, I could not stop. I literally devoured the almost 400 pages.