Next Year in Havana (Paperback)
I absolutely loved this book! Historical fiction set in Cuba with two parallel stories running through it during two different tumultuous time periods. Late 1950's, Elisa, daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, falls in love with a revolutionary from Castro's regime. Eventually Elisa's family is forced to flee Cuba. 2017, Marisol, her granddaughter, charged with returning to Cuba to spread Elisa's ashes, falls in love with the country and a Cuban idealist. Romance, lies, danger, betrayal, and the beauty and tragedy that is Cuba, this story is well written and taught me much about Cuban history and all the struggles the people have endured, those who stayed and those who fled.— Sue
THE JULY PICK FOR REESE WITHERSPOON'S HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB
"A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice."--Reese Witherspoon
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...
Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest--until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...
Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.
Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.
About the Author
Chanel Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. She received a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Docto from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
Praise for Next Year in Havana
“A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations.”—Entertainment Weekly
"This Cuban-set historical novel is just what you need to get that ~extra-summery~ feeling.”—Bustle
"The Ultimate Beach Read"—Real Simple
“Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it's always worth the risk.”—NPR
“A flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba. Simply wonderful!”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
"Cleeton has penned an atmospheric, politically insightful, and highly hopeful homage to a lost world. Devour Next Year in Havana and you, too, will smell the perfumed groves, taste the ropa vieja, and feel the sun on your face."—Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling coauthor of America's First Daughter
“Don’t miss this smart, moving, and romantic story.”—HelloGiggles.com
“A vivid, transporting novel. Next Year in Havana is about journeys—into exile, into history, and into questions of home and identity. It's an engrossing read.”—David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
“An evocative, passionate story of family loyalty and forbidden love that moves seamlessly between the past and present of Cuba’s turbulent history...Next Year in Havana kept me enthralled and savoring every word.”—Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach
“Chanel Cleeton’s prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves—of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship—is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate.”—Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of Somewhere in France
"A poignant tale of aristocracy, subterfuge, tyranny, conflict, corruption and courage during the Cuban Revolution…Next Year In Havana is an extraordinary journey that connects the past and present and will enthrall readers until the very end."—RT Book Review (starred review)
“An enticing and wonderful read for lovers of historical fiction and soul-searching journeys.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“An undeniably personal and intimate look at Cuba then and now, wrapped around the gripping story of two women torn between love and country.”—Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues
“Chanel Cleeton delivers an amazing and captivating read!”—Alix Rickloff, author of On the Way to London
“With graceful prose, Cleeton evokes the former grandeur of 1950s Cuba, and contrasts it with modern day Miami in this sweeping family saga of loss and love.”—Heather Webb, author of Last Christmas in Paris
“A compelling, un-put-downable page-turner told from two equally powerful female narratives...A must read.”—Lia Riley, author of It Happened on Love Street
“Next Year in Havana is a ravishing jewel of romance, hope, family, and the history in Cuba.”—Weina Dai Randel, author of The Moon in the Palace
“This gritty tale pulls back the curtain on revolutionary and modern Cuba, allowing us a glimpse of the courage, heartache, and sacrifices of those who left their country in exile, and also those who stayed behind.”—Stephanie Thornton, author The Conqueror's Wife
“Next Year in Havana is a riveting, moving novel that explores the ever-relevant themes of love and sacrifice, family and duty, patriotism and resistance. Cleeton describes Havana so vividly that I felt I was there. I could not put this book down!”—Alyssa Palombo, author of The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence