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By Wendy Gimbel

A desirable, powerfully evocative tale of 4 generations of Cuban girls, via whose lives the writer illuminates a shiny picture--both own and historical--of Cuba in our century.

"When i need to learn a culture," writes Wendy Gimbel in her prologue, "I take heed to tales approximately households, sensing of their contours the substance of bigger mysteries." and definitely within the Revuelta relatives she has stumbled on a resource of either secret and revelation.

At its middle is Naty: born in 1925, knowledgeable within the usa, a socialite throughout the Batista period, who after marriage to a admired surgeon and the start of a daughter grew to become intoxicated with Castro and his revolution (here, released for the 1st time, are the letters they exchanged whereas he used to be in jail). even though her husband and daughter immigrated to the us after Castro's victory, Naty remained in Cuba to elevate her moment baby, Castro's unacknowledged daughter, in basic terms to be eventually faced through his dismissive, withering judgment: "Naty overlooked the train." Her daughters, one in every of whom settles good into existence in the US, whereas the opposite by no means recovers from her father's intransigent repudiation of her; her granddaughter, who Naty desperately believes will go back to Cuba when--not if--Castro is faraway from the island; and her mom, an unregenerate reactionary: those are the lives that entire this awesome story.

Each of the ladies is irrevocably marked with part of the island's bad and poignant story, and Wendy Gimbel has created a wealthy and extreme narrative in their lives and instances. Havana Dreams leaves us with an indelible influence of familial legal responsibility and illicit love; of the heady yet doomed romanticism of revolution; and of the profound outcomes of Cuba's modern historical past for the normal and such a lot intimate lives of its humans.

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