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The Woman She Was
Rosa Jordan
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The Woman She Was

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Celia Cantú, a pediatrician in Havana, is trying to live a regular life in today's Cuba. She is engaged to her childhood friend Luis and lives with her 16-year-old niece, Liliana. Celia's life is disrupted when Luis's brother, Joe, returns from Miami flaunting his American ways. Joe's arrival and Liliana's adolescent restlessness force Celia to examine the discrepancy betw ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Brindle & Glass
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Mar 14, 2013 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: fiction
This book was disappointing; if half stars were available I would have given it two and a half stars.

I thought it might be a historical novel about Celia Sanchez but she is a tiny sidebar, at best. It's all over the place, as though the author couldn't decide what kind of book she wanted to write - travelogue, Cuban propaganda, romance, mystery? I didn't find any of the plotlines very compelling.

However, we discussed the book last night at Book Club and that was quite interesting. Many of the me
Alex Jasper
This is a trashy novel, badly written, with numerous typos. The author is obviously very familiar with Cuba and its modern day issues, but has tried to write too many socio-economic problems into what is essentially a Mills & Boon-esque melodrama. I enjoyed my own memories of living and travelling in Cuba that the book triggered, but frequently cringed over its corniness. I give it three stars for its reverence of Celia Sanchez, but cannot imagine Celia Sanchez reading such a book!
Mar 27, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, canadian-author
Excellent book. I almost didn't finish it as I stalled out on it at about 50 pages in. Those Lago brothers were just such asses. But I'm SO GLAD I tried again as no more than 5 pages later, the story absolutely took off and I couldn't put it down after that. Highly recommend this book.
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Apr 19, 2013 Gaildb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Particularly enjoyed the Cuban history and how it ties to everyday life of the characters.
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Glenn Jones
Like many of the reviews I felt that there was great potential with this novel but it got sidetracked with a trashy love story. The author obviously knows Cuba and the insight provided was great. However this often got lost in some quite badly written passages.
Worth trying but don't expect a masterpiece.
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Immigrated to Canada, 1974. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.; University of Guanajuato, Mexico, M.A. Addresses: Home: Rossland, British Columbia, Canada.


Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special nomination, Parents' Choice Award, and First-Place Award, National Council on Family, all 1997, all for The Sweetest Place; Silver Birch Honours Book designation,
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