Pushcart Prize winner Ana Menendez landed firmly in the literary landscape last year with the hardcover publication of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd. Reviewers overwhelmingly agree that she is an important new voice in American fiction: hers is "a bright debut that points to even brighter accomplishments to come" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), a tour de force that is "poignant and varied, emotionally vivid and hauntingly melancholy" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "a Cuban odyssey that conjures up Eugene O'Neill-like drama" (Kirkus Reviews).
In these linked tales about the Cuban-American experience and the immigrant experience in general, Ana Menendez has instantly established herself as a natural storyteller who "probes with steady humor and astute political insight the dreams versus the realities of her characters" (Elle). From the prizewinning title story - a masterpiece of humor and heartbreak - unfolds a series of family snapshots that illuminate the landscape of an exiled community rich in heritage, memory, and longing for the past. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd is at once "tender and sharp-fanged" (L.A. Weekly) as Ana Menendez charts the territory from Havana to Coral Gables with unforgettable passion and explores whether any of us are capable, or even truly desirous, of outrunning our origins.
©2001 Ana Menéndez. "In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd" originally appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story. "Amor de Loca Juventud" by Rafael Ortiz. Copyright 1997 by Peer International Corporation. International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"Achingly wise." (Richard Eder, the New York Times Book Review)
"Menendez taps into [a] wellspring of broken promises and unfulfilled desires and gives us a... peek at... the Cuban-American experience." (Ariel Gonzalez, The Miami Herald)
"Menendez offers a lilting narrative that sways soulfully between past and present, longing and regret, joy and tragedy." (Donna Rifkind, The Baltimore Sun)
Great performance by this talented reader, Maria Rodriguez Savaria, of this spectacular prose by Ana Menedez. Story telling at its greatest- strong characters with complex psychology, settings and culture as dynamic as the characters. A deep understanding of the way people experience intimate relationships with each other and the places they live.
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