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.
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
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