Nieve Guerra finds herself caught between the tides of her parents’ rocky relationship and a country in the midst of a revolution. Recording her daily thoughts and accounts of living with her abusive father, an alcoholic theater actor, Nieve uses her diary to express herself.
265 pp. AmazonCrossing
From being sent away from her mother, her mother’s free-spirited and loving boyfriend, and her childhood city of Cienfuegos to being forced to call herself a Cuban “revolutionary Pioneer,” Nieve records in honest detail a life in which she loses those she loves the most—and can do nothing about it.
Written in the form of a diary that tells Nieve Guerra’s story from age eight to twenty, this novel tells the life of a young girl with an alcoholic father that blames her for his wife running away with another man and, even worse, a foreigner. This unique experience, written with strength and authenticity, reflects the Cuban reality without ideological castigation.
Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals the intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.