Havana Dreams: A Story of Cuba

By Wendy Gimbel
Read by Anna Fields

6.78 Hours 07/01/1999 unabridged
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This is the fascinating true story of four generations of Cuban women whose personal lives are woven with the story of their nation. At its center is Naty, a socialite born in 1925, who becomes intoxicated with Castro and his revolution. Here, published for the first time, are the letters they exchanged while Castro was in jail. Naty raises Castro’s unacknowledged daughter, who in turn bears her a granddaughter before immigrating to America to join protests against her father’s regime. Naty’s mother, an unregenerate reactionary, completes the family picture. Each woman is irrevocably marked with the story of their home island. This is a powerful story of the profound consequences of Cuba’s contemporary history for the ordinary lives of its people.

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Summary

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A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

This is the fascinating true story of four generations of Cuban women whose personal lives are woven with the story of their nation. At its center is Naty, a socialite born in 1925, who becomes intoxicated with Castro and his revolution. Here, published for the first time, are the letters they exchanged while Castro was in jail. Naty raises Castro’s unacknowledged daughter, who in turn bears her a granddaughter before immigrating to America to join protests against her father’s regime. Naty’s mother, an unregenerate reactionary, completes the family picture.

Each woman is irrevocably marked with the story of their home island. This is a powerful story of the profound consequences of Cuba’s contemporary history for the ordinary lives of its people.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gimbel…tells a mesmerizing story, and she knows of what she speaks, which adds an authentic ring to her words. Anna Fields does an excellent job of reading Havana Dreams, changing voices to match her characters and speaking in fluid Spanish as the narration dictates.” Library Journal
“An astonishing, true tale.”   San Francisco Chronicle
“An enjoyably dramatic family-based tale…Gimbel rejects dogma to tell an intensely personal story about how the revolution changed everything.” Kirkus Reviews
“Anna Fields’ warm voice and vigorous delivery are a good match for Gimbel’s perceptive account of Naty’s betrayal…A caustic edge to Fields’ voice drives the anger in Gimbel’s account and leaves us with no affection for Castro, but a better understanding of Cuba’s history and people.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Wendy Gimbel

Wendy Gimbel made many childhood visits to the family of her paternal grandmother in pre-Castro Cuba. She went on to receive a PhD in English literature and author a scholarly book on Edith Wharton. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Mirabella, Nation, and other publications. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 6.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English