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The House On the Lagoon

(1995)
A novel by

 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Finalist for the National Book Award: A breathtaking saga from Puerto Rico's greatest literary voice

This riveting, multigenerational epic tells the story of two families and the history of Puerto Rico through the eyes of Isabel Monfort and her husband, Quintn Mendizabal. Isabel attempts to immortalize their now-united families - and, by extension, their homeland - in a book. The tale that unfolds in her writing has layers upon layers, exploring the nature of love, marriage, family, and Puerto Rico itself.

Weaving the intimate with the expansive on a teeming stage, Ferre crafts a revealing self-portrait of a man and a woman, two fiercely independent people searching for meaning and identity. As Isabel declares: "Nothing is true, nothing is false, everything is the color of the glass you're looking through."

A book about freeing oneself from societal and cultural constraints, The House on the Lagoon also grapples with bigger issues of life, death, poverty, and racism. Mythological in its breadth and scope, this is a masterwork from an extraordinary storyteller.

 
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Used availability for Rosario Ferre's The House On the Lagoon


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Hardback Editions

September 1995 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The House on the Lagoon
Author(s): Rosario Ferre
ISBN: 0-374-17311-7 / 978-0-374-17311-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

December 1996 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: House On The Lagoon
Author(s): Rosario Ferre
ISBN: 0-349-10787-4 / 978-0-349-10787-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 1996 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The House on the Lagoon
Author(s): Rosario Ferre
ISBN: 0-452-27707-8 / 978-0-452-27707-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The House on the Lagoon: A Novel
Author(s): Rosario Ferre
ISBN: 1-5318-1031-4 / 978-1-5318-1031-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

July 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The House on the Lagoon: A Novel
Author(s): Rosario Ferre
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

July 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The House on the Lagoon: A Novel
Author(s): Rosario Ferre
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The House on the Lagoon: A Novel
Author(s): Rosario Ferre
Publisher: Open Road Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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