By Wendy Gimbel
A desirable, powerfully evocative tale of 4 generations of Cuban girls, via whose lives the writer illuminates a shiny picture--both own and historical--of Cuba in our century.
"When i need to learn a culture," writes Wendy Gimbel in her prologue, "I hearken to tales approximately households, sensing of their contours the substance of bigger mysteries." and definitely within the Revuelta relations she has came upon a resource of either secret and revelation.
At its heart is Naty: born in 1925, trained within the usa, a socialite through the Batista period, who after marriage to a renowned health professional and the start of a daughter grew to become intoxicated with Castro and his revolution (here, released for the 1st time, are the letters they exchanged whereas he was once in jail). although her husband and daughter immigrated to the U.S. after Castro's victory, Naty remained in Cuba to elevate her moment baby, Castro's unacknowledged daughter, basically to be finally faced by way of his dismissive, withering judgment: "Naty neglected the train." Her daughters, certainly one of whom settles good into lifestyles in the United States, whereas the opposite by no means recovers from her father's intransigent repudiation of her; her granddaughter, who Naty desperately believes will go back to Cuba when--not if--Castro is faraway from the island; and her mom, an unregenerate reactionary: those are the lives that whole this outstanding story.
Each of the ladies is irrevocably marked with part of the island's poor and poignant story, and Wendy Gimbel has created a wealthy and extreme narrative in their lives and occasions. Havana desires leaves us with an indelible influence of familial legal responsibility and illicit love; of the heady yet doomed romanticism of revolution; and of the profound results of Cuba's modern background for the normal and so much intimate lives of its people.
From the Hardcover edition.