Hey readers, I’m Abbe and I’m Jess and we read Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton this month for our book club Yes, and it was so good we loved this book So Abbe do you want to just sum it up for
everybody? Sure. So this book is a dual narrative.
Part of it takes place in 1958 and 1959 in Cuba when Batista flees the country
and Fidel Castro is taking over. It’s the Cuban Revolution, everything is in
upheaval and Elisa Perez is one of four daughters of a big sugar baron. The Perez family is very well off–sugar was the number one export and so they have money
at a time when their fortunes are changing. So they led this beautiful
opulent life and all of a sudden that puts them at risk. So now we flash-forward to modern day and we meet Marisol Ferrera who is a journalist, and she grew up in Miami with her beloved grandmother Elisa and sadly her grandmother has just passed away and she is charged with going back to Cuba with her grandmother’s ashes to sprinkle them in her grandmother’s homeland and while she’s there she meets some of her grandmother’s friends she begins to uncover some family secrets and she meets a super hot guy named Luis and this book is absolutely absorbing and really, really educational I learned a lot about Cuban history and sort of what caused so many Cubans to actually move
to America, to Florida. It was fascinating. [SUBTITLES END – TURN ON SOUND!]