I’m super stoked to share that the release of my debut novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, has been officially set for June 15th, 2021. And, the book is already available for pre-order! Please bear with me over the next few months, as I try my best to get this Cuban novel (which deals with art, politics, a surveillance state, journalism as activism, exile, and family tragedy) off the ground. Your support is much appreciated ❤️🇨🇺
I spent nearly eight years working on this story collection before it found a home, so it was incredibly moving to read this wonderful review in The Kenyon Review, one of my favorite literary journals: “Despite all the light it shines on troubles in Cuban life, A Kind of Solitude is a love letter to Cuba as much as it as a critique of it, full of the heartbreak that comes from loving something flaws and all.”
I’m very excited about the following events with the amazing Cristina García, put together by Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. I’m very much looking forward to reading and having a conversation with her.
My story collection got a very nice shoutout in the Boston Globe’s book headlines! The wonderful Nina MacLaughlin said the collection “braids the personal and the political” and “evokes the magnetic forces that pull us toward something and keep us bound.” 🇨🇺️❤️
Now that it’s official, I can finally make it public: my novel, The Playwright’s House, will be published by Red Hen Press! More details are forthcoming, but for now I wanted to thank Artem, Alina, and Jonathan, who read and generously gave crucial feedback on earlier drafts of the manuscript, and to everyone who has offered support and encouragement the last few years. The folks at Red Hen believe the novel can reach a national and international audience, and I’m excited to work with them to make that happen. This book, which is set in Cuba and deals with art, politics, journalism, religion, and family ties, has been through quite a journey, and I couldn’t be happier that it has finally found a good home.
Oh, and here’s some advance praise for the novel:
“The Playwright’s House is a bighearted novel, intricately embedded in the politics and daily life of contemporary Cuba. It is also a family story of love, sibling rivalry, courage, and redemption. Suarez writes with energy, exuberance, and psychological acuity. The straightforward prose adds gravity and earnestness to what is undoubtedly a remarkable novel.”
— Ha Jin, National Book Award winner and author of War Trash
So excited to share that the upcoming release of my story collection has an official date! Also, HUGE thanks to the wonderful authors who’ve provided such generous blurbs so far, and to everyone who has helped me with these stories along the way. Much love to you all!
A few years ago, I read a fake news report that a giraffe had been stolen from Cuba’s National Zoo. I was, of course, somewhat disappointed that the story turned out to be false, but then I thought, “What if?” So I wrote a short story about it, which ended up dealing with friendship, race, American influence on Cuba, and animal cruelty. Today, that story, titled “The Man From the Zoo,” was accepted for publication by The Massachusetts Review. Huge thanks go out to Alina Collazo, Artem Derkatch, Shubha Sunder, and Ralph Rodriguez for their feedback and enthusiasm, which undoubtedly made this story better and encouraged me to send it out!