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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.

©2019 Daniel Jose Older (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Amazing use of characters- family betrayals, idealism failed.

This book, a style of magic realism, tells the Cuban/ immigrant/ revolutionary/ betrayal of revolutions in a style that is both prophetic and allegorical. I was moved by the crisp narration of Ms Quintero, even though I often lost the Spanish/ Cubanismo, I never misunderstood the intent. Great successful storytelling and a hopeful tale apparently told by a ghost.

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Don't Think, Just Read

The narrator of this story is perfection. This is not an easy story to tell, but it is a masterful and heartbreaking one. Best book I've read in 2022.

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Twists & Turns - what a great story!

A little slow at first but worth it to keep going, a great story. Must pay attention to pick up everything but still loved it.

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Liked the content but...

I had a hard time following the story at times, and the narrator was also hard to understand some times

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Compelling story, difficult narration

Loved the story, kept me engaged entire time. Had a hard time understanding the narrator.