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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Gimbel Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781538484432
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nik | 8/30/2003

    " This book is written about my family and it's an accurate account of our history. Herbert Clews was my great-grandfather. I only wish I could've met him, he was a great man. "

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.