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Dreaming In Cuban

Garcia, Cristina

Published by Knopf, 1992
ISBN 10: 0679408835 / ISBN 13: 9780679408833
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Title: Dreaming In Cuban

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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New York. 1992. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 1st Novel. 246 pages. March 1992. hardcover. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. 0679408835. keywords: Literature Women Cuba Caribbean Latin America Ethnic America. inventory # 26436. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Cristina Garcia’s vivid, funny, and endearing first novel moves back and forth between Havana and Brooklyn, and takes us into the heart of the del Pino family, introducing four wonderfully various, strong- willed women who are divided by conflicting political loyalties and bound together by their complicated love for one another. In Cuba: Celia, the aging del Pino matriarch whose consuming passion is for El Lider, Fidel. For his sake, she has worked the sugarcane harvest, acted as local judge, and now in old age - in her best housedress and drop pearl earrings - sits on her porch scanning the sea for the yanqui invaders she is certain will come. Also in Cuba, Celia’s mad (and possibly murderous) daughter Felicia, who can’t stay away from men or black magic. She is a lapsed hairdresser, a ‘social malcontent,’ the despair of her mother (‘If only Felicia would take an interest in the revolution. it would give her a higher purpose’). In Brooklyn, we meet Celia’s other daughter, her feisty antagonist, Lourdes-immigrant, capitalist, obsessed by her hatred of Fidel, proud proprietor of the Yankee Doodle Bakery, which is a hotbed of counterrevolution, a gathering place - according to Lourdes’s daughter, Pilar - for ‘shady Cuban extremists who talk dinosaur politics and drink her killer espresso.’ And finally, the sweet, skeptical, artistic punk, Pilar herself at war with her own impossible mother, visited in dreams by the abuela she has not seen since she was two - her faraway grandmother Celia-and determined to get them all back to Cuba before her own vision of it vanishes completely. (‘Every day Cuba fades a little more inside me, my grandmother fades a little more inside me. And there’s only my imagination where our history should be.’) A novel suffused with a generous and comic sense of life -about women and politics, women and magic, women caught in a far-flung, intricate, unbreakable web of family. CRISTINA GARCIA was born in Havana and has been a correspondent for TIME magazine. She lives in Los Angeles. DREAMING IN CUBAN is her first novel. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. . Bookseller Inventory # 26436

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Synopsis: Three generations of women in the del Pino family, divided over conflicting political loyalties after the Cuban revolution, are reunited in Havana by a devoted granddaughter who has refused to sacrifice her family ideals. A first novel. 10,000 first printing.

From the Inside Flap: "Remarkable...An intricate weaving of dramatic events with the supernatural and the cosmic...Evocative and lush...A rich and haunting narrative, an excellent new voice in contemporary fiction."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Now available in a Spanish language edition from Ballantine Books.
Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980. Celia's story mirrors the magical realism of Cuba itself, a country of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. DREAMING IN CUBAN presents a unique vision and a haunting lamentation for a past that might have been.

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