A critically-acclaimed vel by one of our premier fiction writers. The Marks of Birth is set in the island of Barata, an imaginary Cuba, and portrays a family caught up in political events. When the revolutionary forces of Nicolas Campian seize power, Antan Garcia-Turner is forced to flee the island by boat. His arrival in Key West, and later in New York City, marks the beginning of the marvels and horrors he will encounter in el Norte and of his realization that his personal destiny can only be fulfilled in blood. Beautifully writtenwith humor, intensity, and imaginative brillianceThe Marks of Birth is a powerful portrait of a people in exile.