Finalist for the National Book Award: A breathtaking saga from Puerto Rico’s greatest literary voice
This riveting, multigenerational epic tells the story of two families and the history of Puerto Rico through the eyes of Isabel Monfort and her husband, Quintn Mendizabal. Isabel attempts to immortalize their now-united families - and, by extension, their homeland - in a book. The tale that unfolds in her writing has layers upon layers, exploring the nature of love, marriage, family, and Puerto Rico itself.
Weaving the intimate with the expansive on a teeming stage, Ferré crafts a revealing self-portrait of a man and a woman, two fiercely independent people searching for meaning and identity. As Isabel declares: "Nothing is true, nothing is false, everything is the color of the glass you’re looking through."
A book about freeing oneself from societal and cultural constraints, The House on the Lagoon also grapples with bigger issues of life, death, poverty, and racism. Mythological in its breadth and scope, this is a masterwork from an extraordinary storyteller.
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I had a very hard time getting to know all the different characters of the book. For the first half of the book I totally lost track as there was so many different people present.
The story would have been better for me if it had stayed in the present time instead of diving so much into the past. It was confusing.
Petra, I think.
Disappointment as I had been looking forward to listening to the book and ended up waiting for it to be over.
- jane joensen