Daniel José Older

Cindy Seip

Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult series The Shadowshaper Cypher, named as one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read; the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, the middle-grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, and Star Wars: Last Shot. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music on his website, YouTube and on Twitter. His novel The Book of Lost Saints (Imprint) is an evocative multigenerational Cuban-American family story of revolution, loss, and family bonds. It tells the story of Marisol, who vanished during the Cuban Revolution, disappearing with hardly a trace. Now, shaped by atrocities long-forgotten, her foul-mouthed spirit visits her nephew, Ramón, in modern day New Jersey with the hope that her presence will prompt him to unearth their painful family history. Ramón does launch a haphazard investigation into the story of his ancestor, unaware of the forces driving him on his search. Along the way, he falls in love, faces a run-in with a murderous gangster, and uncovers the lives of the lost saints who helped Marisol during her imprisonment. The Book of Lost Saints is a haunting meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free. The reviewer at NPR.org praised Older´s writing noting “The more of Older’s books I read, the more I come to grips with how many ways there are to tell a story—and just how many stories there are to be told.”