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Iris M. Diaz creates a vivid sense of time and place through childhood memories of pre- and post-Castro Cuba. The injustice of a caste system is the central theme that weaves together these 42 coming-of-age short stories. A unique perspective of a place that is much in the news today. Jean Crossman Gilman Freelance Writer and Editor ---------------------------------------- Memories of injustice in pre-Castro Cuba are untouched by Americanization and still haunt a young Cuban woman. Forced into exile and unable to speak for her abandoned and extended family, she now cries out to others to remember the truth. Lynn Hill Writer and Editor ---------------------------------------- Iris Diaz takes us back to her childhood days in 1950's and 1960's Cuba, where we can hear the sounds of Batista's and Castro's executions of trial-less political prisoners up against the wall. Even among family and neighbors sharing a "cafe con leche," one is never sure who is a spying informant for Castro's socialist government. Standing in long lines for eggs, milk or flour becomes commonplace. It is a poignant story of a young Cuban girl's strict Catholic upbringing in a family who flees their Cuban homeland to make a new life in America. Carole Fletcher Author, Healed By Horses, Trickonometry and Advanced Trickonometry

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