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Dirty Blonde and Half-Cuban: A Novel

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  155 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Basada en la semi-autobiográfica y extremadamente popular serie "Havana Honey" publicada en, Casi Rubia en la Isla del Deseo es el valiente retrato de una mujer determinada a infiltrar a Cuba, en la actualidad, para encontrar al padre que nunca conoció.

En su búsqueda, la americana privilegiada Alysia Briggs se queda sin dinero y completamente sola en la Habana. D
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Alysia Briggs grew up the only child of an American diplomat serving all over the world. When her mother is dying of cancer when Alysia is only a child, she makes Alysia promise to go to Cuba and find José Antonio, her real father. Years later, Alysia finally talks to her Aunt June, her mother's sister, who confirms the truth: she has a whole family in Cuba she never knew of, but they know her. She was a baby and a toddler spending a lot of time with her Cuban family and father before the Briggs ...more
Tejas Janet
Would give 3.5 stars if possible. Uneven but interesting. At times insightful, at times melodramatic. Might have been stronger as a nonfiction story rather than fictionalized, semi-autobiographical.
Cristi Romney Espinosa
May 04, 2011 Cristi Romney Espinosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This book was highly recommended to me by a friend from book club, and fellow Goodreader. I was excited to start it, because when someone feels so passionate about a book, I'm always intrigued and want to read for myself what the fuss is about.
This book took hold of me from the very beginning. The descriptions were right up my alley. The metaphors and similes, long and descriptive, were perfect. The story itself was also intriguing, A 13 yr old whose mother dies of story exactly. On
Feb 25, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A seriously interesting and surprising look at life in modern Cuba. Told from the perspective of a young American woman living in Havana on a student visa while searching for her father. Gritty and funny and sad and hopeful.
Seferina Limones
When I first bought this book, I was just interested in it because of the title and the cover art. As I read it, however, I was captivated. This story is a womans struggle in her homeland to find her father and learn of her true culture. Seeing Cuba through her perspective has made me add it to my list of countryies to visit. The way she describes how difficult life is for the average Cuban made me realize that people who complain about life in America are just plain ignorant. I suggest this boo ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American girl goes to Cuba in search of birth father; experiences poverty, the struggles of the citizens, but discovers new family...and what family means.
Rikki Landry
There were times that I couldn't put it down, and other times that I couldn't get through a page without being bored. I was really interested in the story line, I just didn't enjoy reading the book. It became more of a chore so I can't give this book more than a rating of 'it was ok'
Oct 07, 2013 Sherese rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although this is technically fiction my understanding from the jacket of the novel is that this is semiautobiographical novel. If this is true, then this inside look at life in Cuba for educated high level skilled women who must basically prostitute themselves to foreign nationals in order to provide for their families is disturbing.

What's done well in this novel is presenting both good and bad of "Cuban version of Socialism" without making any judgements. Everything else I found a little less
Cheryl Schmidt
Jun 16, 2012 Cheryl Schmidt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this - perhaps becuase Paul and I travelled around Cuba a few years ago, living with the locals, and saw a small window into the "real" Cuba, and so much was as the book portrays it. A people very proud of their country, and yet so poor and missing so many basics.
Nov 21, 2011 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book was written during the time I was traveling to Havana myself. Interesting story. Fairly believable knowing what I do about Cuba but some things perhaps a stretch.

Travel to Cuba and get to know the local people so you can see for yourself what it's really like there.
Aug 27, 2012 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuba
This was not an easy to read book about the jineteras (call girls for foreign tourists) in Cuba. They are educated, some are doctors, but find the best way to make real money (not Cuban "chavitos" or CUC, which are almost worthless)from the world wide tourist trade.
Aug 24, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the writing style is sometimes melodramatic, the setting and the central issue (highly-educated Cuban women who are forced to turn to prostitution, or sex tourism, to survive) makes this an important and interesting novel.
Jul 12, 2008 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was an interesting look at what people will do to survive in a country run by sex tourism. I could relate to the main character's lack of relating to both her cuban heritage and her american heritage. interesting read.
Dylan Vernon
Excellent for a first novel. Gives a very realistic down to earth view of life in Cuba...with a focus on the challenges of the sex economy. Also good for those of us with an interest in 'finding your family' stories.
Jul 07, 2007 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: annie
based on a true story so it will blow your face off with what goes on in cuba. sometimes, just sometimes miss wixon get a tad annoying...but you should definitely read this
Mar 11, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Loved this book - although it is fiction, it reads like an autobiography. Fascinating picture of life in Cuba and the moral ambiguity involved in surviving.
Aug 25, 2007 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of women's fiction and those curious about Cuba
Shelves: chica-lit
This is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a really long time. When it ended, I was devastated because I didn't want the story to end!
Alicia Kaufman
This book was an interesting look into a world I knew nothing about. I have no idea how truthful it is, but it sure makes me wonder...
Aug 20, 2012 Julio is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far ( just page 38) I am liking the writer's style. And also so far she has been right on the money regarding "cubanisms"
Mar 25, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not great literature ... not a great story, but wonderful texture of life in Cuba and the Cuban people.
Kelli Mckinney
A good book, but a little disturbing. NOT for young readers.
Sep 19, 2008 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
learned a lot about modern day cuba
Oct 18, 2008 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing! Couldn't put it down
Jan 31, 2014 Michal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book
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I'm Lisa Wixon, the author of the award-winning novel DIRTY BLONDE AND HALF-CUBAN (HarperCollins/Rayo) and its Spanish-language translation CASI RUBIA EN LAS ISLA DEL DESEO.

My opinions and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Forbes, USA Today, World Hum and elsewhere.
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“My landlord is blase' about the crisis and hands me a newspaper. It isn't for reading. This evening, I decide, I'm not going to be Cuban. I grab my passport from the closet and make for the nearest hotel bathroom.” 1 likes
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