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Next year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton

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Next year in Havana
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Next year in Havana
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Chanel Cleeton
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eng
Summary
"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"--
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  • Contemporary romance author Cleeton (On Broken Wings, 2017) has taken a detour through her own family history to produce a luscious novel that will please romance, historical, and women’s fiction readers alike. It’s 1959 at the Havana airport, and the four Perez sisters are leaving for Miami, unsure of when they’ll return—perhaps next year? Cleeton follows Elisa, the third daughter of a powerful sugar baron. Fast-forward almost 60 years to meet Elisa’s granddaughter, Marisol, arriving at that same airport to scatter Elisa’s ashes. Parallel tales of passion and romance crash against rigid family expectations, wartime violence, and political barriers. These two women, pampered Elisa and independent Marisol, tell their stories of star-crossed love with genuine emotional intensity. Cleeton’s almost guidebook-style descriptions contrast revolutionary era with contemporary Havana, avoiding facile dichotomies for a touching portrayal of a fractured people. With Reader’s Guide Discussion Questions and a preview chapter from Cleeton’s next novel, which will feature Elisa’s sister, firebrand Beatriz, this book launches a very appealing and promising series. -- Martinez, Sara (Reviewed 2/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 11, p23)
  • "My grandmother loved a revolutionary," says Marisol Ferrera, returning to Cuba 60 years after her family fled the island only to find herself falling for another attractive rebel. Romance readers who enjoy their love stories leavened with a sizable measure of earnest political history will warm to Cleeton's (On Broken Wings, 2017, etc.) new novel, which offers parallel tales of entwined hearts challenged by oppressive regimes. Elisa Perez, one of the four "sugar queens"—the privileged daughters of a Cuban sugar baron—is the first star-crossed lover. Living in luxury in Havana in the late 1950s, Elisa and her sisters are shielded from the imminent revolution by their father's money and allegiance to the status quo, but then Elisa falls for Pablo, "Fidel [Castro]'s eyes and ears in the city." In the 21st century, Florida-based lifestyle journalist Marisol smuggles her grandmother's ashes back to Cuba, obeying Elisa's wishes to be reunited in death with the country from which she had been exiled. Once in Havana, Marisol discovers not only her family's roots and the letters revealing Elisa and Pablo's secret passion, but also her own emotional fulfillment in the form of Luis, the grandson of Elisa's best friend. Cleeton delivers the two women's descents into dangerous romance with persuasive intensity, but her descriptions of Pablo's and Luis' commitments to challenging the political establishment and her larger commentary on Cuba's long, troubled history make for a heavy contrast. "Why is the Cuban convertible peso so important?" asks Marisol, setting the reader up for another solid slab of social/historical/financial exposition. Somber and humor-free, the novel feels uncomfortably strung between its twin missions to entertain and to teach detailed, repetitive factual lessons. A love story and an homage to the history of the Cuban people, the latter significantly overshadowing the former. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2017)
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Cleeton, Chanel
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3603.L455445
LC item number
N49 2018
Literary form
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  • Cuban American women
  • Family secrets
  • Havana (Cuba)
  • Miami (Fla.)
Target audience
adult
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Next year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton
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Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
382 pages
Isbn
9780399586682
Lccn
2017027806
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • 986961170
  • (OCoLC)986961170
Label
Next year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
382 pages
Isbn
9780399586682
Lccn
2017027806
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 986961170
  • (OCoLC)986961170

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