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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

  • “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

  • “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. Next Year In Havana is an extraordinary journey that connects the past and present and 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

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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.