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In the end, Hellmann leaves the reader to decide whether or not the cycle is broken or if it is condemned to repeat again. Not quite a thriller, not quite a suspense novel, this is a totally absorbing story that keeps its interest throughout.
It's always a privilege and pleasure to find a story that won't be pigeon-holed into a particular genre or formula. HAVANA LOST is one such tale. Only the second Libby Fischer Hellmann novel I've read, I look forward to enjoying her many others.
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From there, the story unfolds into a complex three-generation saga, winding its way from Cuba to Angola and in the end returning to modern-day Chicago, with unexpected twists and turns, including the loss of several characters that you may have found highly likeable. Be warned, the author won't leave you in peace. On one level, this is a slice of history, and a well-researched one. On another, you get the whole range of human emotions from greed and corruption to altruistic love. Be ready for a toboggan ride, it will take you to heights of happiness and down to melancholy meditation as you watch the unexpected death of people you've grown to like. But such is life...
The main character of course is Frankie and her evolution from a naive teenager to a mature woman in her seventies is fascinating. By the end of the book, she has become a stubborn, strong-willed character. This is a convincing portrait and the author should be congratulated for having the courage to draw a character that not every reader will like - yet it makes absolute sense given the sociological/historical context in which this woman grew and lived.
This is the first book I read of this author and I am impressed with her craft and research ability. I certainly look forward to reading more of her books.