Julia Castro travels to her family's ancestral home in the Azores, after her father's disappearance, to find the islands abuzz with tales of ghost ships, seductive sirens, and a new island emerging from the sea. While searching for her father, Julia succumbs to the bewitching allure of the Azores, and to Nicolau, a fellow musician, who appears to hold as many secrets as the islands themselves. She discovers a place where dreams lie just beyond the horizon, shrouded in mist. History, legend, poetry and myth, are seamlessly interwoven, exploring the line between fate and self-determination, past and present, reality and illusion. The novel is a lyrical evocation of a locale and a people.
About the Author
Darrell Kastin was born in Los Angeles, California, of Portuguese and Russian-Jewish descent. His maternal ancestors came from the Azores, settling in the United States at the end of World War II. He has spent considerable time on the islands over the years, using them as a setting for many of his short stories and novels.
What People are Saying About This
"A remarkably accomplished first novel, combining an epic quest, meticulously researched Azorean history and legend, lyrically written. The Portuguese-American heroine, a female Telemachus in search of her missing father, experiences high adventure ending in self-discovery. Especially recommended for lovers of magical realism."
Richard J. Larschan, professor of English, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth