Cristina García


Born
Havana, Cuba
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Influences
Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka


After working for Time Magazine as a researcher, reporter, and Miami bureau chief, García turned to writing fiction. Her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban (1992), received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has since published her novels The Agüero Sisters (1997) and Monkey Hunting (2003), and has edited books of Cuban and other Latin American literature. Her fourth novel, A Handbook to Luck, was released in hardcover in 2007 and came out in paperback in April 2008.

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Speaking Spanish (or French, or Chinese, or Arabic)

I was lucky enough to grow up speaking Spanish at home.  It wasn't like I had a choice, at first.  Although my mother had studied English back in Cuba, she could barely get around a supermarket or through a checkout stand without my help.  Before I knew what the word meant, I was “code-switching”; translating meanings and nuances from one language to another.  I took for granted the fact that I ha Read more of this blog post »
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Dreaming in Cuban

3.69 avg rating — 9,588 ratings — published 1992 — 31 editions
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The Agüero Sisters

3.67 avg rating — 1,396 ratings — published 1988 — 24 editions
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The Lady Matador's Hotel

3.56 avg rating — 844 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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Monkey Hunting

3.64 avg rating — 677 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions
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Here in Berlin

3.64 avg rating — 628 ratings — published 2017 — 8 editions
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Dreams of Significant Girls

3.18 avg rating — 509 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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King of Cuba

3.38 avg rating — 482 ratings — published 2013 — 8 editions
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A Handbook to Luck

3.49 avg rating — 387 ratings — published 2007 — 15 editions
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I Wanna Be Your Shoebox

3.52 avg rating — 211 ratings — published 2008 — 12 editions
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3.89 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 2006 — 11 editions
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“Before you know it you'll be my age telling your own granddaughter the story of your life and you wanna make it an interesting one, don't you? You wanna be able to tell her some adventures, some excitements, some something. How you live your life, little one, is a gift for those who come after you, a kind of inheritance.”
Cristina Garcia, I Wanna Be Your Shoebox

“You have to live in the world to say anything meaningful about it.”
Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban

“Those who speak know nothing. Those who know are silent.”
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