SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS: My Journey to an Open Heart

Deborah Santana, Author . Ballantine/One World $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-47125-3

As the daughter of a musician (Saunders King), the former girlfriend of another (Sly Stone) and the wife of more than 30 years and partner of still another (Carlos Santana), Santana could've easily produced a thin tale of gossip and name-dropping in the pop music life. Instead, she has written a balanced, open memoir of a life that hasn't been without its missteps. When recalling her late-'60s affair with Stone, Santana explains how he swept her off her feet with love, introduced her to LSD ("my body was in a fluid form, open and alive"), but then became violent, which ended the relationship. She discusses her spiritual awakening years later, fostered by her interactions with the guru Sri Chinmoy, conveying the joy his lessons initially gave her, as well as her later feelings of being controlled by Chinmoy's teachings. The memoir is episodic as it moves, vignette-style, from the author's comfortable San Francisco childhood to Carlos's six-Grammy sweep in 2000. But Santana manages to illustrate her belief that "learning can come from good and bad experiences": suffering infidelity, trying recreational drugs, having an abortion, getting a college education, marrying Carlos, establishing a charity (the Milagro Foundation, which supports underprivileged children), managing the Santana Band and running a marathon have all taught her valuable lessons that any reader can benefit from. Photos not seen by PW . Agent, Jillian Manus. (Mar.)

Forecast: Big publicity plans—including an author tour, radio interviews, outreach through the Milagro Foundation and a mailing to Santana Fan Club members—should yield solid sales.

Reviewed on: 12/13/2004
Release date: 03/01/2005
Genre: Nonfiction
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