The Veins of the Ocean (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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Carlito Castillo has a rough start in life, tossed from Rickenbacker Bridge into the waters of Biscayne Bay, by his enraged father when his mother’s infidelity is discovered.  How do you ever get over such a trauma?  It seems he has managed for a while, but Carlito’s eventual destination is a death row cell.  Abandoned by most of his family, only his sister Reina, wracked by guilt, travels to the jail for a weekly visit. Carlito’s death both devastates and frees Reina.  Now she must decide who she will be in the aftermath.  Reina retreats to the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto, a man with his own demons.  Nesto got out of Cuba, without his children.  He yearns to be united with them in Florida, a yearning that may not have an easy answer.  The two eventually take jobs in a dolphin aquarium, where Reina has an unusual connection to the animals. Reina must find, if not absolution, peace, with her guilt over the crime that put her brother on death row.  Nesto also must find redemption as he dreams of bringing his children to a better life in the US.  Engel’s writing has a beautiful lyric cadence, her sensuous descriptions drawing the reader into her story.  The story takes place in exotic locations, Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, and Cartagena.  It is a pleasure to read!

— Deon Stonehouse


Reina Castillo is the alluring young woman whose beloved brother is serving a death sentence for a crime that shocked the community, throwing a baby off a bridge-a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. With her brother's death, though devastated and in mourning, Reina is finally released from her prison vigil. Seeking anonymity, she moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto Cadena, a recently exiled Cuban awaiting with hope the arrival of the children he left behind in Havana. Through Nesto's love of the sea and capacity for faith, Reina comes to understand her own connections to the life-giving and destructive forces of the ocean that surrounds her as well as its role in her family's troubled history, and in their companionship, begins to find freedom from the burden of guilt she carries for her brother's crime. Set in the vibrant coastal and Caribbean communities of Miami, the Florida Keys, Havana, Cuba, and Cartagena, Colombia, with The Veins of the Ocean Patricia Engel delivers a profound and riveting Pan-American story of fractured lives finding solace and redemption in the beauty and power of the natural world, and in one another.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781509414642
ISBN-10: 1509414649
Publisher: Tantor Audio Pa
Publication Date: September 21st, 2016
Language: English