The Messenger

Who: Mayra Montero
Why: An original concept, based on factual events. In 1920, a bomb exploded at a theater in Havana while Enrico Caruso was singing, and he fled, disappearing for awhile. That much is true. The author imagines what happened next in this love story between Caruso and a woman whose godfather is an Afro-Cuban santero. Mythical and poetic, mixing santeria and Chinese folk magic. Ran across this mesmerizing read in a used bookstore a few years ago.

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