Barrios could have relied upon the dramatic details of her life in Cuba to make this memoir fascinating. But instead she dared to mine the depths of the cultural and spiritual story beneath the surface. Like Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, this is a tale of magic, spirits, and family devotion. Throughout her childhood, Barrios's mystical grandmothers, as well as her Afro-Cuban nanny, teach her the names and stories of their indigenous spirits, and their secret spells of healing. It is these Cuban spirits who thunder and comfort Barrios during her shameful punishments at work camp. Years later, the memories of her Cuban mentors and healing spirits help the exiled Barrios find her place in a new country. This is a highly recommended story of Cuban life, spiritual heritage, and human fortitude. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Thank you, Flor, for sharing your story. You came through your experiences as a child with such grace and strength. Read morePublished on February 8, 2006 by A. Brassert
The stories in Cuba were amazing. I was transported to Cuba and was right there observing the island, the people, the food, the smells, the conversations, the textures, the pain,... Read morePublished on July 26, 2005 by Coco Ohio
The book was a smooth read. Ms. Fernandez-Barrios made me feel apart of her. Her memoir was so vivid. She connected herself to all the ancestrial roots of Cuba. Read morePublished on July 31, 2001 by "lolasula"
Blessed By Thunder: Memoir Of A Cuban Girlhood is a compelling autobiography of a Cuban childhood amidst the drama and struggle of Cuba's revolution and consequent relative... Read morePublished on February 7, 2001 by Midwest Book Review
"In the heartbreaking story of her life in Cuba and the United States, Flor Fernandez gives us one of the first accounts of this passage that does not have a political agenda. Read morePublished on December 11, 2000 by Seal Press
"The story of Cuba continues to unwind through time, across oceans, in the bloodstream of her descendents, over many lands. Read morePublished on December 11, 2000 by Seal Press
This is a book not to be missed by anyone interested in the history of Cuba, whether they celebrate or demonize Castro's revolution. Read morePublished on November 3, 2000
The author tells her story with humor, grace and compassion, focusing on the human story of what happens to the people caught up in political turmoil and whirlwinds. Read morePublished on October 26, 2000