RuinsAchy Obejas
Akashic Books (
Obejas’ third novel revisits her usual themes of memory and identity and how slippery they can be. Here, salao (unlucky) protagonist Usnavy, a dedicated believer in the Cuban revolution, has his ideals challenged: old comrades now do shady business for U.S. dollars or build rafts to escape to Florida or face the return of a child who left as a son but is now a woman. This is one of our best writers, giving us human characters in all their comedy and tragedy. — Review: Neil Ellis Orts


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