Ghost Heart

Ghost Heart

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It is 1955 and two cousins, Nora and Alicia, are growing up in Cuba, where the sea is a beguiling turquoise and at night the lights glitter like stars along Havana's shoreline. But revolutionary storm clouds are gathering, and as Fidel Castro comes to power, banks are closed, religion outlawed, and food shortages begin. Nora and her family emigrate to California; Alicia and hers stay behind. But Nora has left her heart in Cuba with her cousin. As the years pass and she becomes a woman, Alicia writes of her marriage to Tony, the birth of her daughter, and the terrible privations ordinary Cubans are suffering. When Tony is arrested for anti-revolutionary behaviour, and Alicia and her daughter's survival becomes increasingly hand-to-mouth, Nora knows she must leave her privileged life in America and return to help them. But Cuba, and Alicia's life as a single parent, is like nothing she has ever imagined...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 278g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552776025
  • 9780552776028
  • 1,099,581

Review quote

"'Writes with shimmering grace about homeland and exile, passion and loyalty...A richly textured story, sensuous and haunting'" * Janet Fitch, bestselling author of WHITE OLEANDER * "'Ghost Heart is Samartin's debut novel and it has all the ingredients of a literary masterpiece and a bestseller. Her characters are alive and the descriptions of Cuba are enough to make one want to catch the next flight out there. An enchanting read, not to be missed'" * Handbag.com * "'I dare anyone not to be moved...the book is ultimately uplifting - a testimony to the strength of love and the human spirit'" * Traveller magazine *show more

About Cecilia Samartin

Cecilia Samartin was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to America with her family during the Castro revolution. She grew up in Los Angeles, and studied psychology at UCLA and Santa ClaraUniversity, where she completed her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently works as a psychotherapist for a federally funded project that serves impoverished families in the inner city of Los Angeles. Recently married to an Englishman, Cecilia lives with her husband in San Gabriel, California. Ghost Heart is her first novel.show more

Rating details

1,415 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 38% (532)
4 38% (533)
3 20% (280)
2 4% (51)
1 1% (19)
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