Via Ya No Mas!, we have what looks to be another excellent literary work on exile and the diaspora by another Cuban-American writer. The work’s title alone – Broken Paradise – resonates on many levels.
From the author, Cecilia Samartino:
During family parties when I was a kid someone would occasionally turn up the music, and move the furniture aside in order to make more room. Moments later everyone would swarm the dance floor and begin gyrating their hips, and moving their feet to the enticing rhythms of our homeland. We kids didn’t have all the moves down yet, but we tried our best to emulate our elders all the while fascinated by the transformation that had taken place in them, as though all of a sudden they’d been transported to a paradise where there wasn’t a care in the world. On one occasion I remember well, my parents weren’t dancing with the rest. I found them in the kitchen where my mother was weeping while my father tried his best to console her. This is the moment I first confronted the reality that my family had experienced a tragedy of some sort, although it would take years for me to know and understand the details of what had happened to us, and why we were living in the United States and not in our native land.
An exquisitely transcendent love story in which earth, sea and sky play as large a role as the main characters, Broken Paradise tells the epic tale of a Cuban family torn apart by the revolution and exile. At once a stunning literary achievement and vividly stirring historical testament, this novel bears witness to the real price exacted on human beings by ideologically driven social experiments. Gripping, poignant and enlightening, it is also a profound meditation on the complexities of the human heart and the redeeming power of love.
And this from the author is a must read.
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