Worlds collide, laced with layers of corruption, as deception permeates places, events, and relationships across generations in the first book of this adventure series. River of Angels, set on a tropical island in the Caribbean, reveals the multiple facets of life condensed within a small town. The story examines individuals caught between the world of conventional society and the world that speaks to an individual’s true self. Through the lives of a prostitute, a healer, an entrepreneur, a beggar, and two elders, the reader reflects on the intricacies of human nature.
Rolnick spins an intriguing tale of intertwined relationships and clashing elements of culture on the island of Puerto Rico, where the characters strive, sometimes struggling within themselves, to make a life. Monica, a prostitute by choice, controls every aspect of her life, until her world crumbles. Rosie, a professor and healer, forsakes the comfortable role of teacher and wife to unravel the mystery of her father's past and discover a cure for her own malady. Carlos, a successful entrepreneur, witnesses his certainty dissolve and his beliefs questioned. Pide, the beggar, brings wisdom, humor, and friendship to those he watches. Abuelita and Don Tuto, the elders, lead others to safety as they resolve history's hold on their lives.
Contemporary issues of social justice, environmental destruction, crime, and avarice act as a backdrop for the inner story of relationships. The characters take you into two worlds, the surface world society accepts and the underground world of caves where the unacceptable thrive. The story blends two worlds and the hope of possibilities that keeps these characters forever in the reader's heart.
About the Author
Abbe Rolnick grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Her first major cultural jolt occurred at age 15 when her family moved to Miami Beach, Florida. To find perspective, she climbed the only non-palm tree at her condo-complex, and wrote what she observed. History came alive with her exposure to the Cuban culture. After attending Boston University, she lived in Puerto Rico, where she owned a bookstore. She lives in Sedro Woolley, Washington.
“Rolnick weaves a story of tangled relationships and intrigue on a tropical island . . . where everyone struggles.” —Chuck Robinson, Co-Owner, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
“The sights and smells are rich in themselves, but the characters are what make this book come to life . . . with cultural nuances, facts and stories . . . All are treated with a combination of respect, curiosity, wonder, and affection that ensures they will endure.” —Joan Arioldi, Whatcom County Library Director
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"... The understated mystery is solid... Rolnick's assertive prose generates a slow, steady pace and even moments of poetry: 'Teardops of sadness were meant to be swallowed so that the oceans would fill with only happy tears.' An absorbing drama with elaborate characters." —Kirkus Review