Closed for Repairs by Nancy Alonso
Stories (Lannan Translation Selection (Curbstone Press))

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Closed for Repairs is a series of eleven vignettes that depict Cuban ingenuity in the face of urban problems. Each solution is framed with humor and irony and gives a glimpse of life on the island today.

In a clever fashion, Nancy Alonso shows us the spirit of resolve on the part of Cubans when faced with such issues as transportation problems, lack of water, and the shortage of consumer goods and construction materials caused by the embargo.

Illuminating the endurance and resilience of the Cuban people, these stories will make you chuckle. Alonso's sly wit is compelling as she satirizes the bureaucracy-an element of her work that will resonate universally.


About Nancy Alonso

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Nancy Alonso is an award-winning short story writer with a background in Biological Science. She published Tirar la Primera Piedra (Casting the First Stone) in 1997 and Cerrado por reparaciA3n (Closed for Repairs) in 2002. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies in Cuba and abroad. She lives in CojA-mar, Cuba.
Published July 1, 2007 by Curbstone Books. 89 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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In 11 too-brief, charming tales, Cuban author Alonso gently pokes fun at the irksome living conditions in her home country.

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BC Books

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I was pleasantly surprised recently by a couple of very interesting and largely positive and inspiring stories about Cuba on CBC's "Dispatches," including a report by Connie Watson on an American woman getting a free medical education in Cuba.

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