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- DescriptionFrom Zeida's tes: In that summer of 1962 I was told to teach a group of basic secondary teachers a summer course in math. It was a nice group and we enjoyed it without ever talking of politics. But w my mind was made up. I was going to leave the country that very same year. Everything was completely controlled by the government. There was t any personal freedom. I didn't want my girls to grow up with such rigid controls. I wanted them free, so I had to leave. At the time she was t prepared for the obstacles she'd have to face. This is the story of one middle-class family who shares in the excitement of Castro's victory only to experience disillusionment and betrayal. Struggling against repression and ecomic hardships, Marina's mother, Zeida, a teacher and single mother, goes to extraordinary measures to protect her daughters and defend her principles. Marina Villa's illuminating account of life in Cuba during its communist transformation and the family's immigration to the United States is an inspiring gift that puts into full relief the Cuban-American experience. Marina uses excerpts from her mother's writings, interviews with friends and family members, and her own memories to tell her mother's story. Full of the same spirit her mother brought to her life, Leaving Castro's Cuba: The Story of an Immigrant Family recounts their journey while weaving a rich tapestry of familial sacrifice, courage, and love.
- Author BiographyMarina Villa was five years old living in Cuba with her mother, sister, and grandmother when Castro seized power in 1959. Seven years later she and her family entered the United States as refugees. She went on to obtain degrees from Boston University, Harvard University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and worked in the engineering field for many years. She lives in Andover, Massachusetts with her husband and Picasso, the cat. Visit her website at www.LeavingCastrosCuba.com.
- Author(s)Marina Villa
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication06/07/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight268 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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