Vigil (Wsp Readers Club) (Paperback)
Washington Square Press, 9781416549529, 404pp.
Publication Date: July 21, 2009
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When a nanny from war-torn El Salvador moves in with a wealthy American family, the result is an inspiring story about the power of love to cross cultural boundaries.
Cecilia Samartin's most impressive work yet, Vigil is told from the perspective of Ana, a middle aged woman who is waiting at the deathbed of her husband as he loses his battle against cancer. While she waits, she thinks back on her life and the incredible journey that brought her from war-torn El Salvador, to a convent in the U.S., and finally to a wealthy California estate where she was employed as the nanny for a dysfunctional family caught up in the throes of decadent life. Despite her traumatic past, she is able to bring a wealth of love and harmony to her affluent yet spiritually bereft employers--gifts that no money could ever buy.
In the course of Samartin's work as a psychotherapist, she has been awed by those rare individuals who not only survive after having endured unimaginable trauma, but flourish, and are able to promote the same in those around them. Vigil is the story of one such woman and the family that she sets her heart on saving. A heart-wrenching story of love and loss, Vigil is Cecilia Samartin's most powerful novel to date. As Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander said, "Samartin writes with shimmering grace about homeland, exile, passion, and loyalty." Readers will be spellbound by Vigil's magical language and provocative themes.
About the Author
Cecilia Samartin is the author of two previous novels, Broken Paradise and Tarnished Beauty. Born in Havana, Cuba, she now lives in southern California where she works as a psychotherapist.
Praise For Vigil (Wsp Readers Club)…
"Vigil is a moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit and the triumphant power of love and forgiveness. Ana's story takes the reader into grim poverty and war in gripping reality, yet Samartin simultaneously manages to illuminate the beauty of family and connection, and the driving light that propels Ana into adulthood. Beautifully told, Vigil is a book for my keeper shelf." -- Karen White, author of The Lost Hours and The Memory of Water
"Written with evocative grace and poetic beauty, Ana's story captured my heart on the first page and did not let go until long after the last heart-mending words. A story of losing one's homeland and beginning again, Samartin's storytelling is infused with tender insight into the wounded places of the human soul." -- Patti Callahan Henry, National Bestselling author of Between the Tides