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Next Year in Havana by [Chanel Cleeton]
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Editorial Reviews


A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice.
Reese Witherspoon, (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick) 

“A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations.”
Entertainment Weekly

“This Cuban-set historical novel is just what you need to get that ~extra-summery~ feeling.”

“The Ultimate Beach Read”
Real Simple
Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it's always worth the risk.”

“A flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba. Simply wonderful!”
Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress

“Cleeton has penned an atmospheric, politically insightful, and highly hopeful homage to a lost world. Devour Next Year in Havana and you, too, will smell the perfumed groves, taste the ropa vieja, and feel the sun on your face.”
Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling coauthor of America's First Daughter

“Don’t miss this smart, moving, and romantic story.”

“A vivid, transporting novel. Next Year in Havana is about journeys—into exile, into history, and into questions of home and identity. It's an engrossing read.”
David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife

“An evocative, passionate story of family loyalty and forbidden love that moves seamlessly between the past and present of Cuba’s turbulent history...Next Year in Havana kept me enthralled and savoring every word.”
Shelley NobleNew York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach

“Chanel Cleeton’s prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves—of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship—is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate.”
Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of Somewhere in France

“A poignant tale of aristocracy, subterfuge, tyranny, conflict, corruption and courage during the Cuban Revolution…Next Year In Havana is an extraordinary journey that connects the past and present and will enthrall readers until the very end.”
RT Book Review (starred review)

“An enticing and wonderful read for lovers of historical fiction and soul-searching journeys.”
Library Journal (starred review) 

“An undeniably personal and intimate look at Cuba then and now, wrapped around the gripping story of two women torn between love and country.”
Renée Rosen, bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer

“Chanel Cleeton delivers an amazing and captivating read!”
Alix Rickloff, author of On the Way to London

“With graceful prose, Cleeton evokes the former grandeur of 1950s Cuba, and contrasts it with modern day Miami in this sweeping family saga of loss and love.”
Heather Webb, author of Last Christmas in Paris

“A compelling, un-put-downable page-turner told from two equally powerful female narratives...A must read.”
Lia Riley, author of It Happened on Love Street

Next Year in Havana is a ravishing jewel of romance, hope, family, and the history in Cuba.”
Weina Dai Randel, author of The Moon in the Palace

“This gritty tale pulls back the curtain on revolutionary and modern Cuba, allowing us a glimpse of the courage, heartache, and sacrifices of those who left their country in exile, and also those who stayed behind.”
Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of Clever Girl

Next Year in Havana is a riveting, moving novel that explores the ever-relevant themes of love and sacrifice, family and duty, patriotism and resistance. Cleeton describes Havana so vividly that I felt I was there. I could not put this book down!”
Alyssa Palombo, author of The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence

About the Author

Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of When We Left Cuba and the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. Originally from Florida, she grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Richmond, the American International University in London, and a master's degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

Product details

  • ASIN : B072BLV8Y9
  • Publisher : Berkley (February 6, 2018)
  • Publication date : February 6, 2018
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3765 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 394 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and fascinating story based in Cuba
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4.0 out of 5 stars Next Year in Havana: historic fiction at it's best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Next Year in Havana: historic fiction at it's best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2018
So I spent most of the day yesterday reading Next Year in Havana. I know, I know, I know… I did mean to do more with my day but then I just kept thinking one more chapter and then after that chapter one more chapter and before I knew it, I’d finished! And now I have a serious book hangover!

Yes, I’m sure you can guess…

I loved Next Year in Havana, and I’m not the only one. This is Reese Witherspoon’s July pick for her book club, and crikey what a pick it is. It has everything in it; love and loss against the backdrop of Cuba’s turbulent history and politics.

I really learnt a lot reading this book. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty political and I did have to Google a few things whilst reading to help my understanding of the Cuban politics and history. But that’s one of the beauties of reading historic fiction – it educates you.

The story is juxtaposed between the Havana of the late 1950s with Cuba on the brink of revolution, and modern-day Havana following the death of Fidel Castro. It centres around two women; nineteen year old Elisa who is forced to flee Cuba during the 1959 revolution; and Marisol, Elisa’s granddaughter who returns to modern-day Cuba to scatter her grandmother’s ashes following her death only to discover deep family secrets.

Elisa is the daughter of a sugar baron and sheltered from the political unrest sweeping her country until she falls in love with Pablo, a revolutionary close to Castro. Marisol is a Cuban-American, who grows up hearing the romantic stories of Cuba from her grandmother and clearly identifies herself as distinctly Cuban; until she experiences first-hand the personal, political and sometimes dangerous struggles of Cubans today.

Next Year in Havana is a compelling and insightful read. Yes, it does have a beautiful and romantic cover, but in my view the cover is a tad misleading as this is a hard-hitting book veiled by romanticism.

Chanel Cleeton, the author has since written a sequel When We Left Cuba which will be published in the UK in April 2019. I’m now on the hunt to get an advance copy as I’m so excited to read it; I literally can’t wait!

Thank you Chanel Cleeton for Next Year in Havana; it is a gripping read that gives the world an authentic insight on what it is to be Cuban; whether it’s a Cuban in exile; a Cuban born and brought up in another country or a Cuban living in the country today. Also thank you to Reese Witherspoon’s book club for bringing this great read to my attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Novel set in HAVANA, for me it ticked all of the boxes.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Novel set in HAVANA, for me it ticked all of the boxes.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2018
It is not often that a book comes along that ticks pretty much ALL the boxes. It pulls together a good story together, it is written in fluid prose, with well fleshed out characters and it has consummate intelligence.

It was the July 2018 Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine BookClub Choice. In the video on her site the author says of the book that: “…she feels she is travelling to a different place and a different time and this book has transported me…it’s going to make you feel you had a mini vacation….”

The Perez family is one of the wealthy, sugar owning families in Havana in the late 1950s. Sugar and rum brought unimaginable riches to the island. These are, however, the final months of despot Batista’s rule. Revolución is building and Che Guavara and Fidel Castro are amassing their fighters to take over the reigns of power. Elisa is one of the daughters in the family who is the grandmother of Marisol, who now works as a journalist and lives in Florida. Florida is a mere 90 miles from the island.

2017 and Marisol is returning to Havana with her grandmother’s ashes. She has never been to Cuba but having grown up in the Cuban community in Florida, she feels that her heart is embedded in the island. She has to find out more. She stays with Ana, Elisa’s best friend in the day and it is her grandson, Luis, with whom she hooks up to tour the island. Her quest is to find the right place to scatter her grandmother’s ashes.

The author manages the two time lines superbly and each is well fleshed and credible. The history of the island is brought to life in a measured, informed way that is in no way didactic. I came away with more understanding of very difficult times. Move forward to 2017 and the people are still largely in dire straits, even though Fidel has gone. There is still an autocratic, iron rule which targets dissenters and Luis himself is a secret blogger and now that he is seen in the company of a journalist, he has caught the eye of the authorities.

There are two love stories, one set in each era, they are edgy and the Malecón (the esplanade that runs along the sea through Old Havana to Vedado) often forms the backdrop for the liaisons past and present.

There is still a simplicity to everyday life nowadays, something tourists appreciate and rave about but there is also a deeper and distressing level to comprehend – ‘..underneath the historic beauty is a sense of desperation…the beauty of life here – the simplicity of it – is also the tragedy of it’

This is an enriching and absorbing read. There is nothing much more to say other than go and buy it (which of course you can from your favourite bookseller through the TripFiction database!). And, of course, do pick up a copy if you are heading to Cuba. It will bring the island and its history to life through excellent writing and storytelling. A perfect choice for literary wanderlust to Cuba.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History and romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2018
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