Rosario, Nelly. Song of the water saints, a novel – Brief Article – Young Adult Review

Rosario, Nelly. Song of the water saints, a novel – Brief Article – Young Adult Review – Book Review

Nola Theiss

Random House, Vintage. 246p. c2002. 0-375-72549-0. $12.00. SA

Telling the story of four generations of women born in the Dominican Republic, this novel shows how time and place affect each woman and how their innate character is passed from generation to generation. Graciela is born on the edge of Santo Domingo at the turn of the century. Her world is very limited and her desire to travel is never fulfilled. Her frustrations sour her relationship with her daughter Mercedes, whom she leaves when she is 13. Mercedes finds happiness with a dwarf and has two children. She would have lived forever in her small town, but her son’s ambitions force her and her husband and granddaughter to move to New York, leaving her daughter in the Dominican Republic. Her granddaughter lives between American culture and the imported Dominican culture and her grandparents are unable to help her find her own way into the 21st century. Like her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she grows up too fast, but she too is a survivor. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL

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