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Cristina García

Cuba (b.1958)

Cristina García was born in Havana and grew up in New York City. Her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, was nominated for a National Book Award and has been widely translated. Ms. García has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award. She lives in California's Napa Valley with her daughter and husband.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1992) : Dreaming in Cuban

Cristina García recommends
Draining the Sea (2008)
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
"A new work of obsession, tragedy, and the unpredictable trajectories of the heart."
Amigoland (2009)
Oscar Cásares
"By turns hilarious and heartbreaking... Think Sunshine Boys go south of the border, but funnier... and infinitely more poignant."
If I Bring You Roses (2011)
Marisel Vera
"A richly told tale of obsessive love... deeply sensuous and mysterious."
Salt Houses (2017)
Hala Alyan
"A striking debut of the disruptions and dispersals of exile, Salt Houses is a heartfelt portrait of the Palestinian diaspora. Powerful, lyrical, and deftly layered with multiple voices, Hala Alyan has done the near impossible: illuminated a half-century of wrenching history with great intimacy."
Death Comes in through the Kitchen (2018)
(Havana Mystery, book 1)
Teresa Dovalpage
"A lively murder mystery with a Cuban culinary twist. Teresa Dovalpage brings Havana--with its rampant shortages, schemes, and sensuality--to vivid life. Studded with food blogs by a murdered Cuban chef and the efforts of her hapless American fiancé, this is a dark comedy bursting with cultural history and recipes."
The President and the Frog (2021)
Carolina De Robertis
"A work of stunning insight and beauty, The President and the Frog is a song of hope in despairing times, a meditation on freedom and survival, on the quiet exultations of the ordinary (think Neruda's Odes to Common Things). A luminous, opulent, and unforgettable novel."

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