The Veins of the Ocean (Paperback)

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The Veins of the Ocean reminds us of all of the prisons we make for ourselves, and for each other: not just the horrors of solitary confinement for criminals, but those of guilt and shame, of heredity and expectations, of the sacrifices that we tell ourselves are necessary for our safety, of the artificial, but no less forceful boundaries between countries and cultures. And then Engel deliberately dismantles those walls, screw by screw, plank by plank, page by page. As they fall away, we hold our breath. The vastness of the world, the expanse of the boundless ocean, giving ourselves to another, they are risk and reward. They are freedom. But I digress. What you really need to know is that The Veins of the Ocean is an exhilarating love story, beautifully told.

— Sara, Atlanta


Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, A New York Times Editors' Choice and a finalist for the International Latino Book Award

"Lush and entrancing, steeped in love and sorrow, faith and myth. . . Patricia Engel is a gorgeous writer and I love the confidence of her prose. She knows the story she is telling, inside and out. She knows the story and its unfathomable depths and so that's how we experience reading this novel--fully, deeply, like an ocean." --Roxane Gay for Book of the Month Club

From award-winning author, Patricia Engel, The Veins of the Ocean is the profound and riveting story of a young woman's journey away from her family's painful past towards redemption and a freer future. Set in the vibrant coastal communities of Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, and Cartagena, The Veins of the Ocean is a wrenching exploration of what happens when life tests the limits of compassion, and a stunning and unforgettable portrait of fractured lives finding solace in the beauty and power of the natural world, and in one another.

" A] profound, daring venture . . . Engel is] a unique and necessary voice for the Americas . . . the book is a great pleasure to read, even while it's breaking your heart." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Sumptuous . . . This is a writer who understands that exile can be as much an emotional state as a geographical one . . . to immerse oneself in Engel's prose is to surrender to a seductive embrace, a hypnotic beauty that mingles submersion with submission."--New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and Young Lions Fiction Award, and the acclaimed novel It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, A Public Space, Harvard Review, and Guernica, among other publications and anthologies, and received numerous awards including a 2014 fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802126740
ISBN-10: 080212674X
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English