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Praise for The Distant Marvels
"Acevedo here makes a significant contribution to contemporary literature...This is a major, uniquely powerful, and startlingly beautiful novel that should bring Acevedo's name to the top echelon of this generation's writers."
"Rich and engrossing...quite aside from the human perceptivity and warmth that distinguish The Distant Marvels
, is a writing style of an elegance rarely encountered in contemporary fiction."
"The Distant Marvels
is a wonderful story about the stories we tell each other and what they reveal about ourselves."
—The San Francisco Chronicle
"Acevedo takes a great story to another level with her remarkable storytelling."
—Cedar Rapids Gazette
"Irresistible moments of rebellion and bravery define this tale."
"As Hurricane Flora blows past Fidel Castro's new Cuba, Acevedo's heartbreaking and humane novel comes to a memorable conclusion."
"A modern riff on Scheherazade that celebrates the art of the story."
"Acevedo's prose has an endearingly relaxed feel-like she's sitting across from you and telling the tale."
“Chantel Acevedo is one of the most versatile and exciting writers of her generation, with a voice that speaks not only to the American experience, but to our universal humanity. I fall for her characters, whole-heartedly, while being covetous of her stunning prose.”
—Julianna Baggott, author of the Pure trilogy
“Exquisitely rendered . . . The Distant Marvels
is a Thousand and One Nights-style surrender to the true art of story telling.” —
Ana Castillo, author of The Guardians
“The Distant Marvels
is a compelling, gorgeously-written epic about Cuban women as fierce as the storms and the hardships they endure. Every scene, every detail, every utterance and intimacy feels richly, enchantingly true.”
—Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban
“I loved The Distant Marvels
. . . Acevedo’s language is liquid and gathering, mirroring the great ebb and swell of political struggle, transcending love, as well as the events that have gathered the storyteller, María Sirena, and her audience together under one brilliantly constructed ‘roof.’”
—Ru Freeman, author of On Sal Mal Lane
“The Distant Marvels
is lush and captivating . . . The women in these pages survive to tell their tales, and oh, what wondrous stories they are.” —
Marie Manilla, author of The Patron Saint of Ugly
“Chantel Acevedo brilliantly conveys the dual nature of the stories we tell ourselves, which achieve grace and transformation through tempestuous churning. The Distant Marvels,
like love itself,
is both storm and shelter at once.”
—Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
"With enchanting novels such as A Falling Star and The Distant Marvels, Acevedo hovers between poetry and prose, romance and history, nostalgia and modern life."
—Margarita Engle, author of The Surrender Tree
“Love and Ghost Letters is enchanting; a heartfelt story…It captures, beautifully, the atmosphere and emotions of a time which, both Cuban Americans and many an American reader, will find both reminiscent and fulfilling. A great debut.”
—Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, on Love and Ghost Letters