Next year in Havana / by Chanel Cleeton.
- ISBN: 9780399586682
- Physical Description: 1 kit + 10 books (382 pages ; 21 cm), 1 discussion guide, 1 contents sheet, 1 getting started guide, 1 evaluation form
- Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018.
Contains: 10 copies of the book, 1 discussion guide, 1 contents sheet, 1 getting started guide, 1 evaluation form
Book ISBN 9780399586682 (paperback)
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.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1
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 returnâperhaps 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. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of When We Left Cuba and the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. Originally from Florida, she grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Richmond, the American International University in London, and a master's degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
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