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On the outside, Josefina Navarro’s life seems fortunate enough—she lives with her father and her nursemaid, Regla, who raises her after the death of her mother in a luxurious home in Vedado, one of Cuba’s wealthiest districts. She attends society dances and is courted by all of Havana’s elite young bachelors. Enchanted by the rituals of her nursemaid, Josefina learns about ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2005)
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liz
May 06, 2007 liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think one generation of 100 Years of Solitude, in Cuba during the Revolution. BUT without being derivative; it wasn't until just now that the Garcia-Marquez occurred to me. It follows the daughter of a Spanish-born seargent who marries down. Really good and interesting.

Camila noted the straightening of the sergeant's back, his hands coming down to hang, defeated, at his sides. Camila stood then and said, "You were supposed to have died, long ago?"
I am alive, nina," he said, and pressed his hand
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Laura Vidueira
Jul 21, 2009 Laura Vidueira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M. Acevedo is a truly gifted writer who welcomes you to walk into each character's world. You are transported to preCastro Cuba from page 1. Anyone can enjoy this well-crafted novel, but if you happen to be Cuban or Cuban American-- you must read this beautiful novel.
Abby
Feb 10, 2009 Abby rated it really liked it
Thanks, Laura, for this one. It revealed my ignorance of cuban history, but was unique and, at times, very moving.
Raquel
Jun 20, 2015 Raquel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, may, 2015
Lovely, moving book about Cuba before and during the Cuban Revolution. At its heart, it is about the relationship between a father and daughter. The Sergeant was my favorite character, and I found myself wishing there were more sections from his point of view.

The Sergeant's only daughter, Josefina, marries a ne'er-do-well named Lorenzo against her father's wishes. They move to a rural town, have two children, and live in poverty due to Lorenzo's sporadic jobs and constant philandering. Meanwhil
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Zahylis Ferro
Oct 23, 2015 Zahylis Ferro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The story is the powerful and bizarre link between a father and a daughter and their attempts to be there for each other despite the controversial historical events they lived and despite their own toughness. The language is very poetic and vibrant; it's thought-provoking and engages you in the drama to the point in which your feel the emotions as if they were your own. I like that the book doesn't try to justify "wrong" but accepts it as a natural part of life. Embracing impe ...more
Marcos
Jul 29, 2011 Marcos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cliched overdone story about the immigrant experience, but at least its ending is bleak.
Carrie
The boy in this novel, Lalo, reminds me very much of boys I went to school with in Miami.
Tiffany Muehlhausen
AMAZING !!!!
Cheryl
Aug 11, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chantel Acevedo holds an MFA from the University of Miami. Her novel, Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), won the Latino International Book Award for Best Historical Fiction, and was nominated for Connecticut Book of the Year. Her other novels include: A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, Song the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adult ...more
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