Dreaming in Cuban: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
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“Impressive . . . [Cristina García’s] story is about three generations of Cuban women and their separate responses to the revolution. Her special feat is to tell it in a style as warm and gentle as the ‘sustaining aromas of vanilla and almond,’ as rhythmic as the music of Beny Moré.”—Time
 
Cristina García’s acclaimed book is the haunting, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country’s revolution and the revelations that follow. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. Dreaming in Cuban is “a work that possesses both the intimacy of a Chekov story and the hallucinatory magic of a novel by Gabriel García Márquez” (The New York Times). In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the novel’s original publication, this edition features a new introduction by the author.

Praise for Dreaming in Cuban

“Remarkable . . . an intricate weaving of dramatic events with the supernatural and the cosmic . . . evocative and lush.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Captures the pain, the distance, the frustrations and the dreams of these family dramas with a vivid, poetic prose.”The Washington Post
 
“Brilliant . . . With tremendous skill, passion and humor, García just may have written the definitive story of Cuban exiles and some of those they left behind.”The Denver Post
 

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User Review  - DVerdecia - LibraryThing

This novel moves between Cuba and the United States featuring three generations of a single family. The novel focuses particularly on the females—Celia del Pino, her daughters Lourdes and Felicia ... Read full review

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User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

I really like this book. It’s about culture shock and cultural assimilation, and about the connections between people in different times and places. There are some especially great older characters. Read full review

Contents

Ocean Blue
3
Going South
17
The House on Palmas Street
35
19351940
49
A Grove of Lemons
57
The Fire Between Them
75
19421949
97
The Meaning of Shells
107
Baskets of Water
145
19501955
161
A Matrix Light
167
Gods Will
185
Daughters of Changó
193
19561958
205
Six Days in April
213
1959
245

Enough Attitude
127

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About the author (2011)

Cristina García is the author of seven novels, most recently King of Cuba, and the forthcoming Berliners Who. She has published poetry, books for young readers, and edited anthologies on Latino/a literature. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and an NEA grant, among others. García has taught at universities nationwide and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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