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Engelman, coming at the Cruz family from every angle, evokes just how jumbled and fractured cultural roots, value systems and a sense of home can be. She’s also alert to how entire histories can disappear, especially when it comes to the violently repressed Puerto Rican pro-independence movement of the mid-20th century.

–Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

 The Way of the Saints charts Puerto Rico’s history of colonization, revolution, migration, and regimes through three generations of the Cruz family. Too unflinching to offer easy redemptions, the collection captures the devastating vulnerability hidden just behind the ever-present scrim of rage and fear that permeates even the most heinous of the Cruz family’s actions.

–Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Foreword Reviews

The Way of Saints should capture any readers’ attention and hold it to the last, beautiful word. This is a stunning book, even if sometimes bleak, about a family struggling to transcend its own sometimes cryptic and often brutal history, as well as the history of their natural land. This is not a light and fluffy book, but its harshness and intensity are part of what makes it such a great read. And, as mentioned before, the writing itself is eloquent and gorgeous. The lyrical, precise prose in The Way of the Saints transforms the story into literature. 

–claire Hamner matturro, Compulsive reader


-Interview with Elizabeth Engelman, Author of The Way of the Saints

-The Masters Review Blog by Courtney Harler