Dreaming in Cuban
is the first novel written by author Cristina García, and was a finalist for the National Book Award
. This novel moves between Cuba and the United States featuring three generations of a single family. The novel focuses particularly on the females—Celia del Pino, her daughters Lourdes and Felicia, and her granddaughter Pilar. While most of the novel is written in the third person, some sections are written in the first person, and letters are also included. The novel is not told in linear fashion; it moves between characters and jumps in time.
The novel’s central themes include family relationships, exile, the divisiveness of politics, and memory. Cuban history and culture are important in the novel, including important historical events and the elements of Santería that appear throughout the novel.
About the Author
Cristina García (born July 4, 1958) is a Cuban-born American journalist and novelist. After working for Time Magazine as a researcher, reporter, and Miami bureau chief, she 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.