FREEDOM IS A FEAST
Pub: August 6, 2024
In the tradition of Isabel Allende’s career-launching debut, The House of the Spirits, a multigenerational, Latin American saga of love and revolution in which a young man abandons his family for the cause—and receives a late-life chance at redemption: “a tour de force” from “the new master” (Luis Alberto Urrea, New York Times bestselling author of Good Night, Irene).
Venezuela, 1964. Stanislavo, a zealous young man whose vision is clouded by his high ideals, turns his back on his family and privilege to join an underground communist movement. During his first mission, Stanislavo meets Emiliana, a fellow revolutionary. Though it seems to be love at first sight, their budding romance is cut short by a single mistake with disastrous consequences.
Forty years later, the landscape of Venezuelan politics is drastically changed, as well as the trajectories of Stanislavo’s and Emiliana’s lives. When a young boy is accidentally shot on the eve of President Chavez’s re-election, Stanislavo is forced to confront his past missteps and the ways those actions have ricocheted into the present. With epic scope and unflinching intimacy, Freedom is a Feast is a story about sticking to one’s beliefs even at the expense of pain and chaos in one’s personal life, about how the generations below us can suffer for our misdeeds, and about the possibility for redemption when love persists across time.