The Veins of the Ocean

The Veins of the Ocean

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"Engel has an eye for detail. She knows how to drown the reader in a sense of enchantment... She writes exquisite moments."--Roxane Gay, The Nation

Reina Castillo is the alluring young woman whose beloved brother is serving a death sentence for a crime that shocked the community, throwing a baby off a bridge--a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. With her brother's death, though devastated and in mourning, Reina is finally released from her prison vigil. Seeking anonymity, she moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto Cadena, a recently exiled Cuban awaiting with hope the arrival of the children heleft behind in Havana. Through Nesto's love of the sea and capacity for faith, Reina comes to understand her own connections to the life-giving and destructive forces of the ocean that surrounds her as well as its role in her family's troubled history, and in their companionship, begins to find freedom from the burden of guilt she carries for her brother's crime.

Set in the vibrant coastal and Caribbean communities of Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia, with The Veins of the Ocean Patricia Engel delivers a profound and riveting Pan-American story of fractured lives finding solace and redemption in the beauty and power of the natural world, and in one another.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780802124890
0802124895
Characteristics: 406 pages ;,24 cm.

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Jul 26, 2016

A really uninspiring read. The book portrays the very stereotypical male-dominated Latino culture reflected in the weak women in the book. No redeeming qualities. Not worth it.

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