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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: WingSpan Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595941460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595941466
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,122,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rich detail interwoven with facts makes the book read like a novel.
Julie C.
By the end of the book, I felt as though I knew Lino and Emy and could understand what they had been through.
Tim Oppenheimer
Gripping human drama and a triumph of love and family under unbelivable circumstances.
J. Feliciano-Butler

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Oppenheimer on May 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Once I picked up Kay Abella's book i couldn't put it down. By the end of the book, I felt as though I knew Lino and Emy and could understand what they had been through. I have read other books about Cuba, but they often come off as dry and merely historical, while Kay Abella has managed to combine historical fact with amazing storytelling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
When Lino Fernandez, a young Cuban doctor is charged with being a resistance leader and imprisoned by Castro, his wife Emy must choose between staying in Cuba to help her husband survive prison, and taking their three young children to freedom in Miami in "Fighting Castro: A Love Story" by journalist, editor and author Kay Abella. With an impressive attention to detail concerning life in Castro's Cuba, the interweaving of social commentary into a work of engaging storytelling, and a genuine flair for narrative, "Fighting Castro: A Love Story" is an impressively written, highly recommended novel of relationships, struggle, hard choices, even harder consequences, and through it all -- the endurance of the human spirit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Borders on October 10, 2007
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This novel fills an incomprehensible void and is a delightful and intelligent surprise. It is beautifully written by a North American author, Kay Abella, which is unusual for a book about Cuba. Not only is it a great story, but Abella gives the reader a unique and moving picture of Castro's Cuba.

And it is accurate. I know first hand the circumstances surrounding the plot that unfolds in FIGHTING CASTRO, since I spent nine years in Castro's prisons while my family dealt with the daily routine of communist Cuba.

It is intriguing that, even though there are so many exiles and Cuban ex-prisoners throughout the world, so little has been written of this story that has been the lives of thousands of my compatriots. Don't miss this exceptional book.

Byron Miguel
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on August 7, 2007
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This is a novelized true story about the lifestyle changes in Havana and Cuba after Castro overthrows Batista. Emy and Lino Fernandez, initially a young married couple, witness the disappearance of their friends, a palpable tension in the air, and militia members hovering on the sidelines. Lino, a doctor, predicts early on that Castro and his men will "control every power spot."

Emy experiences her friends migrating to the United States, as well as her neighbors disguising themselves as friends--but ready to alert the militia about any covert activity that may be perceived as an act against the new government. It was made clear that you were an objector if you criticized the new regime, weren't involved with fringe groups that promoted Castro, or behaved enthusiastically. Totalitarianism rule was upon Cuba.

There would be no democracy, which prompts Emy and Lino to partake in the underground resistance movement against both Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, turning over their two young children to Emy's parents. Lino saw Lucia, his last child, born and then left to distribute arms to Yaguajcy peasants. While there he and several other men are ambushed by the militia and Lino is caught, beaten and imprisoned at G-2 in Santa Clara, a renowned execution camp.

Lino wouldn't see his family again until the 1980s in Miami. All the while, Emy struggles in Havana where she is viewed as the wife of a traitor. Emy, Lino and their children were the lucky ones; they survived.

Armchair Interviews says: Fascinating read about Castro's Cuba and America's involvement through the eyes of Lino and Emy Frenandez.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. Mcauliffe on April 30, 2007
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I couldn't put this book down, even though I knew how it was going to end. What these people went through was incredible, and the clever inventions the prisoners found just to help them survive. I felt like I really knew Emy and Lino by the end. I would love to meet them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Van den Broeck on August 14, 2007
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I had the chance to know Lino and Emilita in Belgium when they visited me back in 2001 or 2002. Their spirit impressed me deeply.

He was not keen of telling us much about his terrible nightmare in Cuban prisons, but still he found it necessary to answer some of my questions. I was quite shocked about some details, and I remember that I asked Lino how it was possible that he would not feel hatred?

The answer was so incredibly short and simple that I could never forget it: ¡Justamente por lo que viví! - "Just because of what I lived!"-.

We had organised a meeting between him, 2 journalists and some Belgian social democratic leaders of my party, which resulted in two articles in the Belgian press. In the same building we met with a Belgian director of FOS, the third world movement within my party, and she would most "didactically" "explain" to Lino the benefits of the Cuban regime. She didn't ask one single question about what Lino might know about Cuba! I felt deeply embarrassed for her in Lino's presence. But with all the terror Lino had lived, he would politely listen to her "explanation" without showing any disgust. I was quite impressed by man's serenity.

Lino and Emilita continue every day their fight for a social, democratic and reconciled Cuba, and I can only hope that some day, while strolling through the streets of some small town in Cuba, now forbidden for them, they will find the Spanish translation of this book in the bookshop.

I just transferred the money for two copies of the book: one for me, and one to lend out to my visitors. I can hardly wait to read it! Thanks Lino, Emilita, and the writer, for having understood the importance of letting us take part of their story and of their humanistic views.

Dirk
Belgium
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