Cuba, 1963. Hurricane Flora, one of the deadliest hurricanes in recorded history, is bearing down on the island. Seven women have been forcibly evacuated from their homes and herded into the former governorÃ¢ÂÂs mansion, where they are watched over by another woman, a young soldier of CastroÃ¢ÂÂs new Cuba named Ofelia. Outside the storm is raging and the floodwaters are rising. In a single room on the top floor of the governorÃ¢ÂÂs mansion, Maria Sirena begins to tell the incredible story of her childhood during CubaÃ¢ÂÂs Third War of Independence; of her father Augustin, a ferocious rebel; of her mother, Lulu, an astonishing woman who fought, loved, dreamed, and suffered as fiercely as her husband. Stories, however, have a way of taking on a life of their own, and transported by her storyÃ¢ÂÂs momentum, Maria Sirena will reveal more about herself than she or anyone ever expected.
Chantel AcevedoÃ¢ÂÂs The Distant Marvels is an epic adventure tale, a family saga, a love story, a stunning historical account of armed struggle against oppressors, and a long tender plea for forgiveness. It is, finally, a life-affirming novel about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime and the very art of storytelling itself.
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