Still Water Saints For residents of the run-down Southern California town of Agua Mansa in Alex Espinoza's debut novel Still Water Saints , afflictions appear in various forms,… Still Water Saints For residents of the run-down Southern California town of Agua Mansa in Alex Espinoza's debut novel Still Water Saints , afflictions appear in various forms,… 2007-01-30 Fiction Occult and Paranormal Random House
Book Review

Still Water Saints (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jan 30, 2007; Writer: Alex Espinoza; Genres: Fiction, Occult and Paranormal; Publisher: Random House

For residents of the run-down Southern California town of Agua Mansa in Alex Espinoza's debut novel Still Water Saints, afflictions appear in various forms, whether in the ravages of disease, unwanted pounds, or broken relationships. Rather than relying on modern medicine, residents (often immigrants from Mexico) pin their hopes on the mystical remedies of the neighborhood Botánica Oshún and its wizened proprietor, Perla. Espinoza alternates narration between Perla and her patients, lending his down-and-out characters a quiet dignity. But his debut reads more like sketches than a cohesive novel, and the overabundance of inhabitants keeps a larger story from coming fully into view.

Originally posted Jan 26, 2007 Published in issue #918-919 Feb 02, 2007 Order article reprints
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