Books: Habanera: A Portrait of a Cuban Family
Habanera is a wonderfully lively and entertaining journey, alternately humorous and wistful. By the end, you will feel as if you have traveled to one of the most exotic islands on earth, during its most surrealistic historical moments. Dovalpage is a master of quirky, loveable characters, and emotionally resonant narrative. Habanera bursts with the energetic curiosity and hopefulness of youth.
-Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree
La Habanera is an irresistible, even wickedly addictive ride into dysfunction within dysfunction. Rich in wit and irony provided by Longina, a savvy young narrator coming of age in an eccentric family living in post-revolutionary Cuba, this novel delivers what Dovalpage does best: laugh-out-loud humor and deeply felt, deeply moving drama-all of it sharply spiced with bad and bawdy sandunga!
-Lorraine López, author of The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters, winner of the Miguel Marmol Prize for Fiction and a finalist for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award.
Paperback: 218 pages
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSn4mmlxCS4
About the Author: Teresa Dovalpage was born in Havana, Cuba and now lives in the artistic, gorgeous, fascinating and at times ‘exasperating’ town of Taos, in northern New Mexico. She has a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of New Mexico and currently teaches at UNM Taos. She also works as a freelancer for the local newspaper, The Taos News.
Her English-language novels are A Girl Like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004) and Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010). In her native Spanish she has authored the novels Muerte de un Murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain), El Difunto Fidel (The Late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, that won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009) and Posesas de La Habana (Haunted Ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), La Regenta en La Habana (Edebe Group, Spain, 2012, Orfeo en el Caribe (Atmósfera Literaria, Spain, 2013) and El Retorno de la Expatriada (The Expat’s Return, Egales, Spain, 2014).