Book Review - Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton is a find the roots of identity story set amidst revolution and change. I enjoyed it due to the setting - Havana, Cuba, and the book made me curious about that period of history. I need to do more research and learn more about our island neighbor/foe.
Havana 1958 - Elisa Perez, daughter of a sugar baron, is sheltered from the country's political unrest until she falls in love with a revolutionary. Yes, it's a bit soap opera, but well written and Elisa is not a simpering fool. She has character and stands out from her sisters.
Miami 2017 - Marisol Ferrera loved hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who had to flee her beloved land. Now Marisol, a freelance reporter, is returning to Cuba to spread her grandmother's ashes and uncover secrets about the family. And, thank goodness, she meets her own revolutionary.
So much to learn, so little time, and the backdrop appears beautiful and sad at the same time. Rich, poor, and a restless undertone to life mingled with a rising heat.
cover blurb - Marisol will need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage - and what it means to be Cuban.
This is my PA groups' book club pick and we'll have plenty to discuss - character, history, choices, regrets. Always good themes. Sip a drink with an umbrella in it and enjoy a breezy read.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.