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Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
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really liked it
bookshelves: audio-book, book-club, fiction, historical-fiction, libby, reese-s-book-club

Marisol is returning to Cuba for the first time since her family's escape during the revolution to return her grandmother's ashes to her homeland. Marisol meets old family friends and neighbors and what was initially an excursion to write about Cuban tourism and travel, results in discovering old family secrets and ignites new political controversy.

I really liked this novel! Told is alternating voices -- both Marisol and her grandmother, Elisa - I was engage with both narratives and stories.

I knew/know absolutely nothing of the Cuban revolution or about Cuba (shame on me), other than Castro, Communism and Cuban refugees and families in Florida. While I'm sure this barely skims the surface of what actually occurred (hopefully it was accurate), I certainly know more now about Cuba than I did before.

This was our book club choice for March. Look forward to discussing it.
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Reading Progress

January 18, 2020 – Shelved
January 18, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
February 6, 2020 – Started Reading
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: audio-book
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: reese-s-book-club
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: book-club
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: libby
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: fiction
February 6, 2020 –
6.0%
February 7, 2020 –
page 63
17.45%
February 8, 2020 –
page 146
40.44%
February 8, 2020 –
page 169
46.81%
February 10, 2020 –
page 192
53.19%
February 11, 2020 –
page 223
61.77% "I've really liked this ."
February 14, 2020 –
page 223
61.77% "I was loving this book until the author plagiarized a line from Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton. 😠"
February 15, 2020 –
page 271
75.07%
February 16, 2020 –
page 316
87.53%
February 16, 2020 –
page 361
100.0%
February 16, 2020 – Finished Reading

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