Next Year in Havana

Next Year in Havana

Book - 2018
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After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution ... Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest, until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary ... Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage and what it means to be Cuban.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018
ISBN: 9780399586682
Characteristics: x, 382 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Next year in Havana : a novel


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May 19, 2019

this book deserves the sticker 'hot pick' it is absolutely fascinating, a story you will not forget. full of history, family fates and te star reait in cuba. it is written well informed, and seriously engaging. it creates the feeling you really are in the story, the characters are as exceptional as they are human.

Apr 29, 2019

Enjoyed this historical fiction, learned a lot about Cuba's history.

Apr 11, 2019

I loved the past/present connections in this dual narrative novel that spanned nearly 60 years. The historical facts interlaced with the fictional story sparked an insatiable desire to learn as much as I could about the Cuban Revolution and what preceded it, as well as its lasting effects on Cuba. Utterly fascinating and heartbreaking. Along with a realistic account of past/present Cuban life, there were two sweet and sometimes heart-rending romances woven within. I was absolutely entranced by both. The heartening conclusion to this book was the perfect segue to the next Perez Sister story, When We Left Cuba.

Jan 30, 2019

Great read of romance and loss. The story of Cuba over the decades is enthralling and heartbreaking.

Jan 15, 2019

A historical novel - love stories combined with the horror and terrors created by Battista and Fidel Castro. Prior to reading this novel, I did not have a real understanding of the history of Cuba. We knew of the murderous actions of Battista; however, the media seemed to deny the atrocities condoned by Castro. There were executions carried out daily on those who offended Castro. He was a true demon. Castro was a friend of Pierre Trudeau - imagine how that was a betrayal of innocent lives by a Canadian who seemingly stood for freedom of speech and democracy. I recommend this book to anyone who hungers for truth and freedom.

Dec 17, 2018

I'm disappointed. I only kept reading because I was waiting for it to get better and it was not a difficult read. It had so much potential...just never quite met it. This would be better as a Teen Fiction Read.

BPLpicks Oct 01, 2018

The setting is Cuba, present day and 1958. Marisol is visiting Cuba, her grandmother’s homeland. Accompanying Marisol are her grandmother’s ashes. Throughout the book we learn about the family’s history and the state of Cuba during revolutionary times. All working together to build a fantastic story that you will not want to put down

Sep 23, 2018

The characters weren't very likeable.

ArapahoePamelaH Sep 17, 2018

Compelling dual timeline stories both set in Cuba, a refreshing change from books set in England! Sugar heiress Elisa and her family flee Cuba for Miami during the revolution. Many years later Elisa's daughter Marisol is able to visit Cuba after it opens to tourists, where she learns more about her family. Gripping stories of what it's like when your country is riven by revolution, and the experiences of exiles who just want to go home.

Jul 20, 2018

Reese Witherspoon's July 2018 book club selection. What a story! So much history and family drama wrapped into one fantastic book. It was compelling and heartbreaking all at once.

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