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By Wendy Gimbel

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

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

At its heart is Naty: born in 1925, proficient within the usa, a socialite throughout the Batista period, who after marriage to a well-known 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 USA after Castro's victory, Naty remained in Cuba to elevate her moment baby, Castro's unacknowledged daughter, in basic terms to be eventually faced by means of his dismissive, withering judgment: "Naty overlooked the train." Her daughters, one in every of whom settles good into lifestyles 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 amazing story.

Each of the ladies is irrevocably marked with part of the island's negative and poignant story, and Wendy Gimbel has created a wealthy and severe 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 results of Cuba's modern heritage for the standard and so much intimate lives of its humans.

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