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.
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“Written with strength and authenticity, reflects the Cuban reality without ideological castigation…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.”
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About Wendy Guerra
Wendy Guerra was
inspired by her own diaries, written as a child during Cuba’s 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
About Laura Roppe
Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer-songwriter, cancer
survivor, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. She obtained
a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from UCLA, but then pursued the “family
business”—she attended law school at the University of San Diego, where she
graduated number two in her class, then went on to practice employment/business
litigation for over a decade. In 2008, the year of her diagnosis with triple
negative breast cancer at age thirty-seven, Roppé ditched her legal career to
follow her musical dreams in earnest. She won Song of the Year at the Los
Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood in 2009. Upon the release of Roppé's second
album, I’m Still Here, which Laura
wrote during her chemo treatments, Billboard Magazine ranked her as third on
its chart of the top fifty emerging artists in the world. Roppé spends her time
hanging out with her husband, two daughters, and dog, Buster, writing and
singing, playing Bunco on the second Tuesday of each month with her
girlfriends, and, last but not least, devising various schemes to get herself
into the Copa Cabana.