In 1953, Alfonso Candela is a likeable rogue who loves his privileged life in Santiago de Cuba. Unfortunately, Fidel Castro has other plans for him.
As the Cuban Revolution takes root and irrevocably tears at the fabric of Alfonso’s personal paradise, he and his family attempt to go about their daily lives, despite the mounting threats that surround them. When approached by a rebel who wants their weekend home to help dethrone Batista in the name of democracy, the Candelas are seemingly left with no choice but to comply. His wife, Mirta, befriends Teodora, who channels her interest in her neighbors’ affairs into revolutionary purpose and tries to recruit Alfonso to join the militia. With their family splintered and in exile, the Candelas must reinvent their lives in an alien land. But when Castro finally opens the gates of Mariel, Alfonso returns, intent on seeking redemption.
In this historical saga, the essence of the Cuban Revolution is captured through one family’s eyes as they reflect on a life that could have been and the generation that must create a new paradise in exile.
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Published December 13, 2012
History, War, Literature & Fiction.