(From the publisher):
Alone in a city that haunts her, Cecilia yearns for the island she left behind. Life in Miami cannot help but evoke memories of Cuba: a scent in the breeze like the sea at the Malecón; the beat of a clave recalls island evenings when couples danced to forgotten rhythms. Far from her family, her history, and her home, Cecilia seeks refuge in a bar in Little Havana where a mysterious old woman's fascinating tale keeps her returning night after night.
Over the soulful hum of a bolero, the woman, Amalia, spins a powerful story of long-vanished epochs. It is a story of the three families from far-flung corners of the world--from Africa, Spain, and China--that spans more than a century. Within it, a Chinese widow seeks protection for her daughter in her family's idols; an African slave brings the rhythms of her birth to an enchanted island; and a curse dances before the female descendants of a charmed Spanish matriarch, forming the mythic origins of one family's indestructible bond. With each generation, the connection strengthens and forms the kind of family that Cecilia has long been missing--one cast from a legendary unbreakable love.
As the nights with Amalia give way to new mornings, Cecilia emerges, hoping to decipher the messages hidden in the city's language of shadows. Slowly, under the story's head sway, she beings to discover the source of the elusive visions that plague her and, along with it, a link to the past she cannot shake.
Original title: La isla de los amores infinitos
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Sagas