Island Beneath the Sea

Island Beneath the SeaA perfect audio selection for Hispanic Heritage Month would be Isabel Allende's recent novel, Island Beneath the Sea, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.  This lyrical novel tells the story of Zarite, a woman born to slavery but determined to claim her own and her daughter's freedom against impossible odds.  From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the nineteenth century, this richly-detailed book explores the history and complex relationships of the times.  The reader, S. Epatha Merkerson, has a pleasing voice and takes her time with Allende's very descriptive, imaginative prose.  This audio book, available both on CD and in eAudio format, is especially recommended for lovers of history and historical fiction.