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Find Me in Havana The dazzling true story of one of Hollywood's most celebrated Hispanic actresses and her daughter's search for answersCuba, : When Estelita Rodriguez sings in a hazy Havana nightclub for the very first time, she is nine years old From then on, that spotlight of adorationfrom Havana to New York's Copacabana and then Hollywoodbecomes the one true accomplishment no one can take from her Not theCuban Revolution that drove her family into poverty Not the revolving door of husbands and the fickle world of film Not even the tragic devastation of Castro's revolution that rained down on her loved onesThirty years later, her young adult daughter, Nina Rodriguez, is blindsided by her mother's mysterious, untimely death Seeking answers no one else wants to hear, the grieving Nina navigates the troubling, opulent memories of their life together and discovers how much Estelita sacrificed to live the American dream on her own termsBased on true events and exclusive interviews with the real Nina Rodriguez, Find Me in Havana weaves two unforgettable voices into one extraordinary journey that explores the unbreakable bond between mother and child, and the everchanging landscape of selfdiscovery

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Find Me in Havana
  • Serena Burdick
  • English
  • 03 May 2017
  • 9780778389361

About the Author: Serena Burdick

Serena Burdick is the author of the novels GIRL IN THE AFTERNOON St Martin’s Press, and THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES, forthcoming from Park Row Books in January She is the International Book Award Winner for Historical Fiction She holds an Associates of Arts degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in theater and a Bachelors of Arts from Brooklyn College in English literatu.

15 thoughts on “Find Me in Havana

  1. Rachel Rachel says:

    Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick is an excellent historical fiction (that is written about true characters and events) kept me fascinated and enthralled from beginning to end.

    This novel tells the story of Estelita Rodriguez and her daughter, Nina Lopez (Rodriguez) in alternating chapters and in letter form. Each chapter is written as a journal entry/letter to the other woman. It was wonderful to be able to enter the life and minds of both women and see each event as it unfolded within their own viewpoints and feelings. Being able to see each half, and fusing those visions together, gives the reader the ultimate image of a complicated, volatile, and passionate mother-daughter relationship. Each woman has their own hopes, dreams, insecurities, hang-ups, and fears.

    I have to admit that before I had read this book, I had not heard of Estelita Rodriguez ( I know, I know), and that the author was able to write and create such vivid picture of her tragic and complicated life to make me feel as if I knew her personally, blew me away.

    The stories of both Nina and Estelita, the flawed beings that they are, is packed, eventful, and stunning. I cannot imagine going through a fraction of the things either went through. From their times in Cuba, LA, and the eras that both lived (a time that was definitely not kind for women and especially women of color), they experienced far more then any person should.

    This book felt so personal, so raw. It was heartbreaking to see all of the horrible events occurring that were beyond either woman's control, yet frustrating when bad choices were sometimes made. (Hindsight is a wonderful thing, of course.) The push-pull relationship of a mother-daughter was heartwarming, yet tragic and hard to read. To see that each woman was desperate for love, acceptance, affection, forgiveness, and to feel safe was so real and should seem so attainable, yet for this story was very difficult to obtain. For Estelita, I am not sure if she ended up ever experiencing that feeling before her untimely death. At least for Nina, especially all the tragedies and horrific experiences she encountered, I was pleased to see that she found a happiness and stillness in her adult life. The adoration she had for her mother, despite her faults, and her quest for acknowledgement, attention, and love from her mother was so difficult to read due to the miscommunications and slights that she felt she was given in return.

    I loved the prose, the literary descriptions of being in Cuba, experiencing the Old Hollywood scenes, and the dusty plains of the Mexican towns were all unbelievably amazing and depicted to the point as if I was literally there. I was stunned by all the imagery, the passion, and the story. Also, the author's ability to interweave real people and events with a fictional storyline was nothing short of amazing.

    This book was truly a wonder and it is one that I will truly remember for many years.

    An excellent book that I highly recommend.

    5/5 stars

    Thank you EW and Park Row for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

    I am posting this review to my GR, Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

  2. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    The premise and cover are kind of giving me Evelyn Hugo vibes.

  3. Alma Alma says:

    This poignant story is based on the life of Cuban singer and actress Estelita Rodriguez, as told to the author by her daughter. During a time when women were supposed to bow to their husband’s wishes, both Mamá and Estelita were cut from a different cloth. Their strength comes out through the pages to inspire today’s women. Read more about this memorable book on my blog You decide: Should I read it or not?: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....

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