Stay with Me
By Sandra Rodriguez Barron
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061650628, 384pp.)
Publication Date: December 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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In 1979, five toddlers were found alone in a luxury boat tied to a dock in Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane. No one knew who they were or where they came from. Raised by different families, they remained connected by a special bondalways considering themselves siblings, despite their unknown blood relations.
Now adults, Taina, Holly, Adrian, and Raymond have been summoned by the fifth, David, to an island off the coast of Connecticut and the family home of David's ex-girlfriend, Julia. But along with the joy of reuniting comes the exposure of raw places, jealousy, and childhood sorrows. Having been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancerand experiencing flashbacks to the time before the hurricaneDavid believes that healing his relationship with Julia and discovering his origins will strengthen his ability to endure and survive. David pushes the people he loves the most to their emotional breaking points in order to uncover the truth about the mystery that both unites and divides them.
Intensely gripping and lyrically written, Stay with Me is a magnificent blend of romance, suspense, atmosphere, and intrigue that brilliantly explores the true meaning of family and the remarkable ways a personal history can paint a future.
Sandra Rodriguez Barron is the author of The Heiress of Water, winner of the International Latino Book Award for debut fiction. The recipient of a Bread Loaf Fellowship and a National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Grant, she was born in Puerto Rico, lived in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, and now lives with her family in Connecticut.
“Part mystery, part romance, this is an intriguing story that explores the meaning of family and the role of history in defining who we are.”
“[A]n engaging examination of family ties and identity, laced with suspense, intrigue, and romance….Barron beautifully paces this compelling novel, bounding back and forth in time, slowly unveiling little revelations along the way.”
“Stay With Me accomplishes all we might ask of a novel. ...And it reminds readers what great pleasures and surprises are to be found inside such rare, fine, and atmospheric novels when we’re lucky enough to find them.”
-Laura Kasischke, author of In a Perfect World
“Full of intrigue and romance, STAY WITH ME is a deeply moving paean to loyalty, compassion and family—biological or not. ”
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