THE DISTANT MARVELS
The Distant Marvels is a literary historical novel. María Sirena’s front row seat in history gives us an unconventional glimpse into the battles and “reconcentration” camps of the Spanish American war from a civilian woman’s perspective. Wartime Cuba is evoked through María Sirena's unique perspective, in chapters that move back and forth in time, from the tumultuous days of war to the hurricane-lashed mansion where the women shelter.
Hailing from Miami, but born to Cuban immigrant parents, Acevedo delivers here a tour de force. Her prose, strong and intimate at once, completely succeeds in transporting the readers to a foreign time and place. You will feel with and for María Sirena to the point of her seeming like a long-lost relative after you finish the novel.
Chantel Acevedo was born in Miami to Cuban parents. She is the author of A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press, 2014), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award; and, Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martins, 2006), winner of the Latino International Book Award. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, Alabama, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference and edits the Southern Humanities Review.