My Native Land is Memory: Stories of a Cuban Childhood
Oliva Espín's tales of growing up in pre-Castro Cuba vividly and poignantly evoke a long-gone era. Espín has created in each of these well-crafted stories of childhood and adolescence little gems of feeling and insight. A beautiful book!
Author of Naked in the Promised Land and My Mother's Wars
Intimate, honest, written with sensuous detail, cultural specificity and psychological insight, Espín's stories root us deeply in the Cuba of her childhood and adolescence. The island's fraught history and violent political shifts are seamlessly interwoven into a beautiful coming of age story that is at once a love letter, analysis, and celebration of a family and nation still alive in the author's memory. A remarkable achievement.
—Anne Marie Welsh
Veteran San Diego Union-Tribune> Arts Critic and Author