King of Cuba by Cristina Garcia
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

A clever, well-conceived dual portrait that shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A “darkly hilarious” (Elle) novel about a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge by the National Book Award finalist Cristina García, this “clever, well-conceived dual portrait shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island” (Kirkus Reviews).

Vivid and teeming with life, King of Cuba transports readers to Cuba and Miami, and into the heads of two larger-than-life men: a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge against the dictator. García’s masterful twinning of these characters combines with a rabble of other Cuban voices to portray the passions and realities of two Cubas—on the island and off— in a pulsating story that entertains and illuminates.
 

About Cristina Garcia

See more books from this Author
Cristina García is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award finalist Dreaming in Cuban; children’s books; anthologies; and poetry. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages, and she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors. She has taught literature and writing at numerous universities, and is currently University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos. Visit her website at CristinaGarciaNovelist.com.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Scribner. 258 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bookmark Counts:
1
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for King of Cuba
All: 4 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 0

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew Sean Greer on Jun 28 2013

This is the gift García has given to the country of her birth — and to us.

Read Full Review of King of Cuba: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Times

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 08 2013

...Garcia’s writing is laced with candor and wit as she portrays the lives of two men united by the past.

Read Full Review of King of Cuba: A Novel | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

NPR

Good
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on May 21 2013

Anyone with an interest in late 20th century politics will find this book a wicked pleasure.

Read Full Review of King of Cuba: A Novel | See more reviews from NPR

Kirkus

Good
on Mar 14 2013

A clever, well-conceived dual portrait that shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island.

Read Full Review of King of Cuba: A Novel | See more reviews from Kirkus

Reader Rating for King of Cuba
75%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 45 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

Karen Russo

Karen Russo 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×