Next Year In Havana
ISBN: 0399586687
EAN13: 9780399586682
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 6, 2018
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.06" H x 7.95" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A HELO SUNSHINE x RESE WITHERSPON BOK CLUB PICK

A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice.--Reese Witherspoon

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.

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   Trite
Another mystery for the younger female to solve from older family female- where she learns about that older woman and herself. Entirely predictable and rather weighed down in descriptors - felt like a travelog. For me, characters never became real.
 
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   Loved this engaging women's book and Cuban history lesson
As a recommendation from Reese Witherspoon's book club, I chose this for our neighborhood book club selection and was not disappointed. The interesting and unique characters were well-developed and unique. I thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson and the insight into the Cuban national perspective of the time. Apparently, this is a series of books, so I am definitely looking forward to reading the others as well. I highly recommend! ''
 
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   Not My Typical Type of Novel
I am not into romance novels and did not realize that there would be so much of it intertwined. I truly enjoyed the historical and present-day reality perspectives of Cuba. I have a much better understanding of what people who left and stayed might be feeling in the story due to the differing views of each character. I can 't wait to spend more time in Havana than in a single day. The next year is maybe next year.
 
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   A Glimpse of Cuba
My husband and I were aboard a cruise ship that stopped in Havana about two years ago. We just glimpsed the present realities that this book talks about. The people seemed very poor, but certainly very nice. The city was a shell of former beauty. Our young tour guide kept to a script about how their education, medical needs, food and housing were provided by the government. We could see for ourselves that everything was just at poverty level or slightly better. The food was rationed.
 
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   Attempt at political analysis gone bad...
It was very difficult to finish this book, which I felt was an insult to the imagination and the intellect. The double romance is soooo predictable and blah. The book tries to be super political and fails miserably because of a Manichaean view of revolution and mostly repetition that feels like regular slapping the face. In view of the author's bio..., she has no excuse.
 
5
   Great Read!
This book has been on my Kindle forever. Eventually, I sat to read it and devoured it in days. It is so well-written and the heroines in the story are so relatable. I cried, I knew that some of the decisions made by characters in the book were probably the same decisions that many made in real life. It also helped understand more of Cuban history. I look forward to reading the next book.
 
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   Entertaining & (for me) informative!!
For me, both entertaining and informative, NYinH ticked all the boxes. I liked the author's device of shifting from the very prominent family's life-altering decision in 1950's Cuba, with the resulting repercussions, to an inquisitive present-day descendant who decided for several reasons to visit the country of her heritage. I found it educational, romantic and fascinating! '' I recommend this book to everyone.
 
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   Awful, fluff book!!!
My review is based on : Others may disagree... That's okay. Next year in Havana, is an awful, predictable, fluff beach read. That’s right, Hallmark Channel meets Telenovela. Complete with accepted dead relative who is alive and well. I was 8 when I left La Habana. Between my memory and Google Maps I can confirm that the walks taken by the characters are a hike, not a stroll. My Cuban - born Abuela had no desire to return home or have her ashes spread in La Habana. With a cracked heart she knew that the Cuba she knew was GONE forever. She fully understood that she would live in the USA for the rest of her life and is thrilled to be an American citizen. The characters are written in a predictable and plump manner, so join me and I bring Mom and other family members, if you prefer the fluffy version read next year in Havana.
 
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   Must read for my fellow first generation Americans born to Cuban immigrants
I was the child of an exile and grew up hearing stories about the turbulent time of the revolution. During this time, my father's family was torn apart. Reading this book made me hear all the stories I grew up even more to life. I fell in love with these characters, grieving with them at all the things they lost. Cleeton's writing is exceptional. I recommend it highly to all, but especially to my fellow Cuban immigrants born to the first generation. It tugged at my heart and made me realize that my parents gave up to escape the regime.
 
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   Trite
The book was sentimental and dull. It waxes like the self-absorbed drama of a middle school girl who has a flattened understanding of life. I read partially and partially listened to the book. The only thing better than the book itself was the excruciating reading of it. Terrible narration by Terrible ''.
 
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