Lyrical and forceful, The Noise of Infinite Longing is about a family's origins, its place in society, its illusions, and, ultimately, what happened when its members moved in different directions. The book opens with the death of the author's mother, which brings together all six of her children in one place for the first time in almost a decade. During four days of funeral arrangements, burial, and mourning, Torregrosa simultaneously unfolds her family's story, past and present, and illuminates the history of Puerto Rico. The Noise of Infinite Longing is a unique story about the dispersal and passage of Puerto Ricans and other Latin Americans to countries not their own, seen through the lens of one family's experiences. But it is also a universal story -- of personal and cultural roots that are too strong to be completely severed, and of the passionate and anguished search for what we call home.