I really loathed Kushner’s The Flamethrowers. I found it to be self-indulgent and dull. So it took some convincing to get me to read this one, but a wise and experienced reader friend convinced me, and I’m glad she did. This is not only a much better book, but it was also a really balanced story about a range of people living in Cuba just as the revolution is building steam. I enjoyed it.

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