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 José Older is a haunting meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free.
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About the Author
Daniel José Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and composer. Following the release of his ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna, Publisher’s Weekly declared Daniel a rising star of the genre. He has facilitated workshops on storytelling, music and anti-oppression organizing at public schools, religious houses, universities, and prisons. His short stories and essays have appeared in Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, The New Haven Review, Tor.com, PANK, Strange Horizons, and Crossed Genres among other publications. He co-edited the anthology, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From The Margins Of History and his urban fantasy novel The Half Resurrection Blues, is the first of his Bone Street Rumba series. You can find his thoughts on writing, read his ridiculous ambulance adventures and hear his music at his website.
The Bone Street Rumba Novels:
"The more of Older’s books I read, the more I come to grips with how many ways there are to tell a story—and just how many stories there are to be told." —NPR.org
"The world Older builds is familiar and alien, and it's so vividly imagined and rendered that the reader believes the contradictions, embraces them... A fantastic beginning to what will surely be a fantastic series.” —Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award-winning author of Sing, Unburied, Sing
"Daniel Jose Older is here to save your soul... the first novel of a fabulous talent, one who mixes the spectral and the intellectual with skill." —Victor LaValle, award-winning author of The Changeling
"Equal parts bracing, poignant, compassionate, and eerie." —Nalo Hopkinson, Nebula Award–winning author of Sister Mine
“Simply put, Daniel José Older has one of the most refreshing voices in genre fiction today.”—Saladin Ahmed, Hugo Award-nominated author of Throne of the Crescent Moon