Everyone Leaves by Wendy Guerra

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Her classic story about coming of age in a broken down revolutionary culture...a book that delivers real news from Cuba in a lyrical way.
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Nieve Guerra finds herself caught between the tides of her parents’ rocky relationship and a country in the midst of a revolution. Recording her daily thoughts and accounts of living with her abusive father, an alcoholic theater actor, Nieve uses her diary to express herself. From being sent away from her mother, her mother’s free-spirited and loving boyfriend, and her childhood city of Cienfuegos to being forced to call herself a Cuban “revolutionary Pioneer,” Nieve records in honest detail a life in which she loses those she loves the most—and can do nothing about it.

Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals the intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.

 

About Wendy Guerra

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A child star launched by a role as host of a popular childrens radio and television news program in Cuba, Wendy Guerra was inspired by her own diaries, written as a child during Cubas revolution. Published in eight languages, Everyone Leaves won the first Brugera Prize as well as the Premio Cabaret Del Caribe in 2009. Guerra lives and writes in Cuba, her home and primary source of inspiration. Achy Obejas was born in Havana and came to the United States as a young child. She is a cultural writer for the Chicago Tribune. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, The Nation, Ms. Latina, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Reader, Girlfriend, High Performance, New City, and Chicago Reporter. She is the author of Memory Mambo, a novel, and We Came All the Way from Cuba So You could Dress Like This?, a collection of short stories. She is a frequent speaker at universities and community centers across the country and in Cuba.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by AmazonCrossing. 267 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Dec 04 2012

Her classic story about coming of age in a broken down revolutionary culture...a book that delivers real news from Cuba in a lyrical way.

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