Song of the Water Saints: A Novel

Song of the Water Saints A Novel The circle of myth history longing and grief in Song of the Water Saints will envelop the reader as it does the lives of Nelly Rosario s beautifully realized characters Maureen Howard author of A

  • Title: Song of the Water Saints: A Novel
  • Author: Nelly Rosario
  • ISBN: 9780375420870
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The circle of myth, history, longing, and grief in Song of the Water Saints will envelop the reader as it does the lives of Nelly Rosario s beautifully realized characters Maureen Howard, author of A Lover s Almanac Poetic, transporting, and heartbreaking, this debut novel traces the lives of three generations of courageous Dominican women First there is Graciela The circle of myth, history, longing, and grief in Song of the Water Saints will envelop the reader as it does the lives of Nelly Rosario s beautifully realized characters Maureen Howard, author of A Lover s Almanac Poetic, transporting, and heartbreaking, this debut novel traces the lives of three generations of courageous Dominican women First there is Graciela a young girl rebelling against the strictures of her poor, rural life in the Dominican Republic in the early 1900s, she searches for her true destiny even as it lures her away from her husband and baby daughter Then there is Mercedes, passionately devoted to the Church, who rears herself after the death of her beloved stepfather, eventually marrying and moving with her husband to New York City, where she will bring up her granddaughter Coming of age in the freewheeling 1990s and bringing the story full circle Leila has without a doubt inherited the restless genes of great grandmother Graciela The intimate details of life in New York and the Dominican Republic, the broad strokes of history, the subtleties of familial connection amid changing notions of home and obligation all are rendered with grace and gritty realism in this remarkably accomplished novel.

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    About "Nelly Rosario"

    1. Nelly Rosario

      Nelly Rosario born 1972 is a Dominican American novelist and creative writing instructor in the MFA Program at Texas State University in San Marcos.Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn She received a B.A in engineering from MIT and an M.F.A in fiction from Columbia University.After the debut of her novel Song of the Water Saints, Rosario was described by Julia Alvarez as a Caribbean Scheherazade from

    121 thoughts on “Song of the Water Saints: A Novel”

    1. Normally, I have a great appreciation for books that view the history of a nation, a region or a culture through the lens of the fate of a family--"100 Years of Solitude" is the best-known recent example; one of my favorites is perhaps the oldest of them all, the classic Chinese novel "The Dream of the Red Chamber." And I see where Nelly Rosario is going in "Song of the Water Saints"--the history of the Dominican Republic beginning with yanqui armies there and ending with the immigrant community [...]


    2. 2.5 It is always challenging when reading a novel about a different culture, this being set in the Dominican Republic, that one has not enough knowledge to judge the book or the writing style. In this case I liked the writing, Rosario has a choppier style of writing, often small paragraphs, yet was able to make me feel as if I was part of that culture. I often felt like a voyeur. Like I was there only to observe. Also from these description we get a view of the political situation on this countr [...]


    3. SO I read this because it was assigned in my "Novel on the Globe" course. We are basically reading a bunch of different novels from places that arent first world or western.This one takes place primarily in the Dominican Republic. Following three or four generations of women through their struggling between the poor and oppressive society/environment they grow up in and their attempts to realize their dreams and desires. Sound like some corny shit? Well, its actually not. Its just really boring [...]


    4. Took me a while to figure out what this was about, because I thought it had to do with the relationship between Haiti and DR, but it didn't. Good story about three generations of Dominican women -- I could see my grandmother, my aunts/mothers/father oddly enough, and cousins reflected in each woman presented. Had a slow start and felt like Leila's story was rushed compared to Mercedes' and definitely compared to Graciela's. Conflicted between 3 stars or 4, but I'll give it 4. Biggest problem: di [...]


    5. eh, it was okay. also read this for Caribbean Romances. I wasn't enamored by the prose, it was pretty expected setting aside these one or two really weird ghost/dream paragraphs that almost get lost in the rest of the novel. really, i just felt like it was nothing too exciting, and the end was so goddamned cheesy. the beginning was interesting i guess. it starts off with this postcard of a uhm, Caribbean Romance. Haha. but it doesn't really go too deep into what is interesting about photographi [...]


    6. This book started slow for me, but it picked up speed and heart as the characters and situations unfolded. I loved the author's approach to sharing Dominican history via fictional narrative, and I felt a special connection to the novel as I was reading it while in the DR. While I know that there are limits to how we can come to know the world through fiction, I long for novels that compel me into the pages, into the lives, into the world. I never came to care for Rosario's characters; their moti [...]


    7. Set in the 20th century of DR, the story follows a line of women, starting with Graciela, to Mercedes, to granddaughter Leila. Lovely prose connects the three women through visions and dreams and history.



    8. The story of a family over three generations, gives you an idea about what immigration means for a family, across time, and for the identities that family members form.




    9. Too sexually graphic for my liking. It wasn't sweet sexuality, but dirty and almost disturbing. I had to read it for school and would not recommend it.


    10. Lush, imaginative languaged the first two-thirds of the novel are especially compelling narrative. Definitely recommend it!


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