Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart.
By the time she was in her mid-twenties, Deborah Santana traveled the world, survived a tumultuous relationship with Sly Stone, married Carlos Santana, became a disciple of a spiritual guru and ran a successful restaurant. It's no surprise that she was compelled to write about her extraordinary life in this memoir Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart.
As the daughter of a black blues guitarist (Saunders King) and a white mother, Santana examines the many parallels in her life by exploring the impact of a multicultural upbringing, the strength of her parents' marriage in the face of adversity, and her father's musical career, on the choices she would make and the woman she would become.
In a relaxingly conversational tone, she discusses and questions her mistakes, low moments, and struggles to maintain love and spirituality in a world abundantly filled with negative temptations, She imparts a voice to the faceless woman who stands in the background behind a celebrity husband, reminding us that she too has thoughts, feelings and ambitions, and dreams, one being the writing that was belatedly pursued because she was needed to support someone else's career.
The bulk of the book takes place in the early years of her life, leaving the reader yearning to learn about significant chunks of time that were skipped over. The storytelling doesn't escape one of the shortcomings of memoir: the feeling of fragmentation and incompleteness resulting from recounting events that happened several years ago.
Yet relief and strength permeate the narrative. Santana has finally had the opportunity to do something for herself--tell her story. And in doing so, she will touch others and reiterate the very cathartic and even spiritual power of the written word.
Felicia Pride is the founder/editor of the www.thebacklist.net newsletter on books.
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|Publication:||Black Issues Book Review|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||May 1, 2005|
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