In this memoir, Simón details her fascination with Cuban culture as she grapples with the death of her mother. She also covers the struggle to get in and out of Cuba at a time when the country is labeled a pariah state. Yet over and over again, Simón manages to overcome international barriers and overcome language and cultural obstaclesall in the name of her love for Luis.
This book makes a great read for those with an interest in Cuban history, a zest for romance, or a passion for travel.
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AuthorBy Melanie Bowden Simón
Published19 July 2016
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Melanie Bowden Simón is a publicist and writer who received a bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Named a 2016 '35 Over 35' Debut Author, her book La Americana: A Memoir was a #1 Kindle and Top 5 Amazon Best Seller. She lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, their three Spanglish-speaking kids and a bilingual Weimaraner. www.melaniebowdensimon.com
WOW! Luis and Melanie will steal your heart!
Melanie Bowden Simón recounts her real-life love story in La Americana. This is no cut-and-dry romance, though; her memoir tells how she fell in love while on vacation abroad and explores the obstacles she and her now-husband overcame to make their cross-cultural relationship work. Castros Cuba serves as a particularly interesting backdrop.
This is a Prince Charming story; the action peaks with the authors wedding at the beautiful Hotel Nacional in Havana . . . A marriage plot come to life that also incorporates elements of armchair travel.
A romance, an adventure tale, and a raw depiction of loss that transcends place and time. The fact that this story is set in Cuba, though, makes for a fascinating and important read at this pivotal moment in US-Cuba relations. Sarah McCammon, political reporter, NPR
Melanie Bowden Simón captures Cubas enduring allure in her debut memoir. Through a fog of grief and the dark shadows of Cubas communist society, she uncovers the indomitable soul of the island and finds a balm for her ownone that brings love, healing and release.
Denise DiFulco, former senior editor, Latina magazine
A raw, rich tale of healing, self-discovery, and passion.
Tracy Slater, author of The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World
How did Melanie Bowden Simón do it? Shes given the free world a book about everything: love, grief, food, travel, history, communist regimes. This book is so good it should be illegal. Mark my words: The coming revolution in great writing about Cuba begins with La Americana.
Harrison Scott Key, author of The Worlds Largest Man
Their love story was beset by myriad complicationslinguistic, logistical, politicalthat she chronicles with wonderful wit and graceful honesty.
Political antagonisms fail to thwart a cross-cultural love affair.