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Author: Chanel Cleeton Narrator: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Corzo Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781538469798
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After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution.

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest—until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary …

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrators Kyla Garcia and Frankie Maria Corzo tag-team a story that spans generations, with the flavors of Cuban food and culture saturating the shared narrative….Taking Elisa’s perspective, Garcia portrays a gently bred Cuban socialite who falls in love with a revolutionary in the shadow of Fidel Castro’s rise to power. From Marisol’s perspective, Corzo describes genuine appreciation for the country of her roots, and for a man she’s falling in love with too quickly to be safe for her continued stay.”

    AudioFile

  • “An evocative, passionate story of family loyalty and forbidden love that moves seamlessly between the past and present of Cuba’s turbulent history.”

    Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A beautiful novel that’s full of forbidden passions, family secrets, and a lot of courage and sacrifice. It follows two different generations of women in Cuba…[and] it’s all about love. I can’t wait for y’all to read this one!”

    Reese Witherspoon, Book Club pick

  • “The ultimate beach read.”

    Real Simple

  • “An immersive family saga of love, hope, and sacrifice and what it means to be Cuban, despite where you were born…Cleeton does an excellent job of bringing both the past and present to life…and Cuba’s terrible past is written about with honesty and grace, which allows for an intimate glimpse into life during the revolution.”

    Historical Novels Society

  • “This is not one but two romances about the struggle to balance true love, family, and country. Next Year in Havana reminds us that, while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it’s always worth the risk.”

    NPR

  • “Cleeton uses the stories of Elisa and her granddaughter, Marisol, like a stethoscope to listen to the hearts of those who fight to overthrow a regime, of those who use their grand parlor doors to deafen the sound of political and social upheaval, and those helplessly in love with their homeland and rebel against it…Will enthrall readers until the very end.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “An enticing and wonderful read for lovers of historical fiction and soul-searching journeys.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A love story and an homage to the history of the Cuban people.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Cleeton’s prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves—of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship—is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate. This is a moving, heartfelt, and gorgeously realized story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.”

    Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere in France

  • “[A] flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba.”

    Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network

  • “Cleeton’s prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves—of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship—is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate.”

    Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere in France

  • “An undeniably personal and intimate look at Cuba then and now, wrapped around the gripping story of two women torn between love and country.”

    Reneé Rosen, author of Windy City Blues

  • A BookPage Top Pick for Valentine's Day
  • An NPR Pick of Swooningly Romantic Reads
  • A Historical Novels Review Editors’ Choice
  • A Reese’s Book Club Pick for July
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Hispanic American Literature
  • An iBooks bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A BookRiot Pick of Adult Fiction for YA Readers
  • Finalist for the 2018 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Award for Best Fiction Narration
  • Finalist for the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Books That Make You Believe in Love

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ACB Broker | 12/3/2019

    " I read very little fiction. So when I do, it is a welcome change up. I really enjoyed this book because it gave an historic framework that I felt I got to know Cuba as one of the characters. I look forward to reading other books by the author which I'm pretty sure there is at least one more. Combined with some non-fiction that speaks to Cuba-US relations, I feel I have a much better understanding of the world. "

About the Author

Chanel Cleeton, originally from Florida, grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Richmond, the American International University in London, and a master’s degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

About the Narrators

Kyla Garcia is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, she discovered acting at the age of eight when she played Lady Macbeth in a children’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. She made her off-Broadway debut at fifteen when she played Dorothy in Oz: A Twisted Musical. Eleven years after she discovered her passion for acting, she would go on to play Lady Macbeth once again in London at the Globe Theatre, where she studied Shakespeare during her third year at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her BFA in acting from Rutgers University.

Frankie Maria Corzo is a film and voice-over actress and audiobook narrator. She obtained a BA degree in theater studies from Montclair State University.