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The Sugar Island Ivonne Lamazares

The Sugar Island

Ivonne Lamazares

Published October 5th 2001
ISBN : 9780618154548
Paperback
224 pages
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Ivonne Lamazares’s distinguished debut novel is at once a deeply personal and worldly tale . . . a wonderful amalgamation of culture, politics, and love (Philadelphia Weekly). With economical prose and a clear-eyed vision, Lamazares evokes livesMoreIvonne Lamazares’s distinguished debut novel is at once a deeply personal and worldly tale . . . a wonderful amalgamation of culture, politics, and love (Philadelphia Weekly). With economical prose and a clear-eyed vision, Lamazares evokes lives full of hope but fraught with obstacles in this story of a mother and daughter in 1960s Cuba. The story is told in the brave, tough voice of Tanya, a girl at odds with her mother and with the rapidly changing world around her. In the wake of Castro’s revolution, Tanyas mother -- passionate and unreliable -- is determined to leave Cuba at all costs and to take her reluctant daughter with her. THE SUGAR ISLAND presents their embattled relationship against the backdrop of a country in conflict with itself, where the old world chafes against the new and where a parent’s desperate grab for freedom has dire consequences for her child.