The Living Infinite
A nineteenth century Spanish princess is determined to publish her tell-all memoir in this "fresh, fast-moving historical fiction from a master storyteller" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).After her cloistered childhood at the Spanish court, her youth spent in exile, and a loveless marriage, the Bourbon infanta Eulalia gladly departs Europe for the New World. In the company of Thomas Aragon, a small-town bookseller and the son of her childhood wet nurse, she travels first to a Cuba bubbling with revolutionary fervor, and then to the 1893 Chicago World Fair. As far as the public is concerned, she is there as an emissary of the Bourbon dynasty. But secretly, she is in America to find a publisher for her scandalous autobiography, a book that might well turn the old world order on its head.
Latino International Book Award winner Chantel Acevedo brings Bourbon Spain, Revolutionary Cuba, and fin de siècle America vividly to life in her new novel based on a true story.
The Living Infinite is a timeless tale of love, adventure, power and the quest to take control of one's destiny.
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--Kirkus (starred review) "A vivid and enthralling tale of love and redemption."
--Booklist ..".this little-known but fascinating piece of history should appeal widely."
"The defiant, adventurous spirit of Eulalia gleams throughout this historical novel."
--Elle Magazine "[An] enchantingly scented breeze of a novel [that] held me rapt from its opening page."
--Seattle Times "A gripping fictional tale of one woman's quest to break from the rigors of palace life and pursue an independent autonomous course. [...] An engaging read sure to inspire armchair historians and those, like Eulalia, tired of having their voices ignored."
--The Miami Rail "Through gem-like clarity and sparkle, Acevedo gives readers a glimpse into the past...entertaining and insightful."
--Midwest Book Review
"Acevedo mixes historical facts with her own inventions in such a masterful way that it is impossible to distinguish where history stops and Acevedo's imagination begins. That, and her keen and sparing use of vivid details [...], marks The Living Infinite as a masterwork of historical fiction."
--Ploughshares Praise for Chantel Acevedo's The Distant Marvels "Acevedo here makes a significant contribution to contemporary literature...This is a major, uniquely powerful, and startlingly beautiful novel that should bring Acevedo's name to the top echelon of this generation's writers."
--Booklist (Starred Review) "Rich and engrossing...quite aside from the human perceptivity and warmth that distinguish The Distant Marvels, is a writing style of an elegance rarely encountered in contemporary fiction."
--Philadelphia Inquirer "The Distant Marvels is a wonderful story about the stories we tell each other and what they reveal about ourselves."
--The San Francisco Chronicle
"Acevedo takes a great story to another level with her remarkable storytelling."
--Cedar Rapids Gazette "Irresistible moments of rebellion and bravery define this tale."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "As Hurricane Flora blows past Fidel Castro's new Cuba, Acevedo's heartbreaking and humane novel comes to a memorable conclusion."