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The Sugar Island

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Ivonne Lamazares’s distinguished debut novel is "at once a deeply personal and worldly tale . . . a wonderful amalgamation of culture, politics, and love" (Philadelphia Weekly). With economical prose and a clear-eyed vision, Lamazares evokes lives full of hope but fraught with obstacles in this story of a mother and daughter in 1960s Cuba. The story is told in the brave, t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 5th 2001 by Mariner Books (first published September 12th 2000)
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Oct 20, 2008 Bronwen rated it really liked it
This was written by one of my professors at UCF. She now teaches in Miami, but she was wonderful.
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Mar 24, 2012 Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing
This is the backstory to a mother and teenage daughter who flee Castro's Cuba by raft to come to the United States in the 1960's. It's a coming of age novel of a girl growing up with a mother who (to me) appears bi-polar. In Cuba mother and daughter live in poverty. The mother also lives in despair over the menial jobs the state apparatus forces her to take as punishment for an earlier foiled escape attempt. But kids are more adaptable to poverty and the daughter is a reluctant refugee. State-in ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Hayley rated it it was ok
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This book is many things:

1. A brutally honest portrait of the Castro-era conditons within the small but resilient country of Cuba.
2. The coming-of-age story of a young girl, trapped within herself, where the elements of innocence & contempt for her mother's careless actions war with each other.
3. A journey spanning from the neon-painted slums reeking of human excretement to the waves of a vast ocean to the palm tree-lined shores of Florida, where things are not at all what they seem.

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Aug 17, 2014 Alison rated it liked it
Tanya, a girl at odds with her mother and with the rapidly changing world around her. In the wake of Castro"s revolution, Tanya's mother -- passionate and unreliable --is determined to leave Cuba at all costs and to take her reluctant daughter with her.

An interesting view of Castro's Cuba, and the relationship of a family.
Aug 06, 2007 Marie rated it it was ok
This is a book about a girl struggling in poverty in revolutionary Cuba. It was interesting to get a different perspective on cultural struggles but the author didn't make me particularly care about any of her characters.
Apr 07, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This book was written by my professor. She knows how to tell a gripping story without overdoing it. I recommend this book to all kinds of readers. I believe it has something to offer everyone.
Sep 18, 2009 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
heard the author read the first four chapters of this the other night..can't wait to keep going!
Feb 13, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, so good. I'm really enjoying this book.
Aug 10, 2009 Marvin rated it liked it
The heroine escapes from Cuba with her irresponsible mother.
Jun 30, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
I liked it. A touching story of a mother and daughter's struggle for freedom.
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