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Achy Obejas

Cuba (b.1956)

Even though Achy Obejas’s family left Cuba when she was very young, the island nation has an enormous influence on her work.

Obejas is a writer, translator and journalist whose novels include Memory Mambo, Days of Awe and Ruins. She has also written collections of stories and poems. Obejas told KGOU’s WorldViewsthat Cuba is the subject of her work because she often focuses on rupture.

Genres: Mystery
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Voices (2014) (with Megan Bayles)
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2018) : The Tower of the Antilles

Achy Obejas recommends
Havana Libre (2017)
(Cuban Noir Novels, book 2)
Robert Arellano
"In 1997, a series of bombs rocked Havana--a city already deep in an economic and spiritual depression. In Havana Libre, the anxiety of the time is palpable. Robert Arellano gives us a detailed and precise portrait of one of the most surreal places on earth. A mystery with alluring twists and turns, Havana Libre also poses a deeper question: how does one contend with the anguish of loving a place that can never, ever love you back? Compelling and restrained, this is Arellano's best to date."
My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog (2020)
Legna Rodríguez Iglesias
"Legna Rodríguez Iglesias is the most enchanting Cuban writer alive today and My Favorite Girlfriend was a French Bulldog is a wry, brilliant and delightful ride."

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