The Book of Lost Saints: A Cuban American Family Saga of Love, Betrayal, and Revolution (Hardcover)

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I could not put this book down. Marisol's spirit visits her nephew Ramon in modern-day New Jersey and prompts him to unearth painful family history and discover what happened to her after she disappeared during the Cuban Revolution. This story is many things - funny, heart-warming, captivating - and it is one of the few books that can make me laugh and cry while reading the same page.

— From Kelly


The Book of Lost Saints is an evocative multigenerational Cuban-American family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds from New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older.

Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, disappearing with hardly a trace. Now, shaped by atrocities long-forgotten, her tenacious spirit visits her nephew, Ramón, in modern-day New Jersey. Her hope: that her presence will prompt him to unearth their painful family history.

Ramón 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 José Older is a haunting meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free.

An Imprint Book

—Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

"A lyrical, beautiful, devastating, literally haunting journey."
—N.K. Jemisin, award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy

About the Author

Daniel José Older is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Book of Lost Saints, the young adult series Shadowshaper Cypher, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, the middle grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, and Star Wars: Last Shot. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as a New York City paramedic, and hear his music on his website, on YouTube, and on Twitter.

Praise For…

“Older’s writing is at once clear-eyed, lovely, and fascinating. This book marches right into the revolution in a way that is eerily timeless and timely. Wow!”
—Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling, award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming and 2020 MacArthur Fellow

"Older's spellbinding novel is a fever dream full of magic and loss, wickedness and grace, faith and love, spirit and power."
—Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

"A lyrical, beautiful, devastating, literally haunting journey of assimilation, resistance, and family. Older just gets better and better."
—N.K. Jemisin, award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy

"Older's masterwork... should launch him into the company of American literary greats... Epic and intimate, conjuring laughter on one page, tears on the next."
—Tananarive Due, American Book Award-winning author of The Living Blood and Ghost Summer

"A moving, startling, boldly drawn family saga that is equal parts mystery and ghost story, with details sharp enough to cut and characters who surprise at every turn."
—Leigh Bardugo, worldwide bestselling author of Ninth House and the Grishaverse novels

"Thoroughly transportive... This moving story of family and freedom is sure to captivate readers." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The Book of Lost Saints is so true, it hurts, yet for all the despair, Older gives us even more resilience, hope, and love. I couldn’t stop turning the pages.”
—Amerie, New York Times-bestselling editor of Because You Love to Hate Me and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter

"With lyricism and atmosphere, Older skillfully emphasizes tone... Haunting, melancholy, and undeniably inspiring." —Booklist

"A gritty, compelling look at love and war and the ways past actions reverberate down through the generations." —Shelf Awareness

"A thoughtful, intense and resonant family saga... Unforgettable and well worth your time."
—Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends

"A story that bridges worlds: those of the living and the dead, of English and Spanish, and even the gulf between Cuba and New Jersey. Daniel José Older balances these threads and carries the specters of immigrant family trauma to a triumphant conclusion. In his vision of the immigrant story, no memory of violence can obstruct the characters' hope of thriving." —Marcos Damián León, Iron Horse Literary Review

Praise for Daniel José Older

"In Older's stories, the dead are as much a part of the living... Older's love for storytelling comes through on every page."
—Roxane Gay, New York Times-bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

"This is the beauty and magic of Older's writing—he leaves us openmouthed and speechless, asking 'What just happened to me?!'"
—Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times-bestselling author of Another Brooklyn

"The world Older builds is familiar and alien, and it's so vividly imagined and rendered that the reader believes the contradictions, embraces them."
—Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award-winning author of Sing, Unburied, Sing

"Daniel José Older is here to save your soul... A fabulous talent, one who mixes the spectral and the intellectual with skill."
—Victor LaValle, award-winning author of The Changeling

"Simply put, Daniel José Older has one of the most refreshing voices in genre fiction today."
—Saladin Ahmed, Hugo Award-nominated author of Throne of the Crescent Moon

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250185815
ISBN-10: 1250185815
Publisher: Imprint
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English