Storyteller's Death

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$16.99  $15.80
Sourcebooks Landmark
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5.43 X 8.19 X 0.94 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Ann Dávila Cardinal is a two-time International Latino Book Award winning novelist and aging tattooed punk. Her first young adult horror novel, Five Midnights, was released by Tor Teen (2019), as was the sequel, Category Five (2020). Her adult debut, the novel The Storyteller's Death, was released by Sourcebooks in 2022, and her next magical realist adult novel, We Need No Wings, will be released from Sourcebooks on September 10, 2024. Her young adult, horror rom-com, Breakup From Hell, came out from HarperTeen in January of 2023.

Five Midnights won an AudioFile Earphones Award, an International Latino Book Award 2020, and was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award. Category Five was a finalist for the 2021 International Latino Book Award. The Storyteller's Death was a finalist for the Vermont Book Award and won gold in the popular fiction category of the International Latino Book Awards, 2023.

Her stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Our Shadows Have Claws (2022), Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology (2022), Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic (2020); and Women Writing the Weird (2012) and she contributed to the Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, And Society in the United States edited by Ilan Stavans.

Ann lives in Vermont, needle-felts tiny reading creatures, and prepares for the zombie apocalypse.


A stunning, magic-infused tale of family ties and secrets....Cardinal's storytelling prowess shines in this beautifully imagined and multilayered story, as do her fully developed characters. Fans of sweeping family sagas will enjoy every page. -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

Wonderfully rich and layered. The multilayered twists intertwining Isla's more traditional coming-of-age journey with her discovery that she comes from a long line of cuentistas, or storytellers who experience visions, is well handled and evenly balanced. -- Paste Magazine

A combination of magical realism, terror, and mystery, all wrapped in a shroud of family secrets and dubious honor...Toni Morrison fans will particularly enjoy the otherworld-tinged drama. -- First Clue

If it's mystical, masterful storytelling you crave this month, you'll want to pick up award-winning writer Cardinal's latest, which explores themes of loss, blessings, ancestry and mystery. -- Ms. Magazine

So compelling, unique, and lyrically written, and everything about it was fabulous - the characters, the vivid setting, and the creative storyline. I felt like I visited Puerto Rico. -- The Buzz magazines

Ann Dávila Cardinal writes with the razored clarity of a surgeon, the spare and evocative beauty of a poet, and the immensely compelling passion of a natural born storyteller. I will gratefully read anything she writes! -- Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog

In Ann Dávila Cardinal's The Storyteller's Death, nothing can stop the cuentistas in the Sánchez family from telling their stories, not even death. I found myself captivated by the young Isla Sánchez and enthralled by the secrets of Isla's ancestors. Like the Sánchez family, Cardinal is a gifted cuentista and The Storyteller's Death is a welcome addition to Puerto Rican storytelling. -- Marisel Vera, author of The Taste of Sugar

Ann Dávila Cardinal is back to captivate us with The Storyteller's Death, a striking novel about secrets so restless they're dangerous. Isla, the book's spirited protagonist, will endear herself to all of those who have stumbled upon those terrible truths that make our beloved families that much more complicated, flawed, and human. -- Rigoberto González, author and literary critic

Both haunting and touching...a rich, compelling tale perfect for spooky season. With the turn of each page, you peel back more layers of Isa's history while discovering more of Cardinal's masterful storytelling...a must-add to your October reading list. -- Apartment Therapy

This is a beautiful book about family, memories, and the power of stories. -- BuzzFeed

For fans of family sagas, magical realism, and mystery. -- BookRiot

A great read for fans of stories set in the Caribbean and tales of magic, love, and family. -- Booklist, STARRED review