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“A Kind of Solitude is a stunning, nuanced illumination of contemporary Cuban life, and Dariel Suarez is a brilliant new talent.” Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

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Back From My Trip to Cuba.

My wife and I recently went on a ten-day trip to Havana. It was the first time back in the island for me after 18 years. My experience was an incredible one, surpassing all expectations. I hope to return soon and often to Cuba, a place that will always be close to my heart.

This is me sitting on the front steps of the house where I grew up.

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A Trip Back in Time.

Recently I began talking with my childhood best friend (we met when we were four), with whom I hadn’t spoken in 18 years. This coming May, my wife and I are going to Cuba for the first time since we left, when we both intend to reconnect with our birthplaces and those who are still living in our neighborhoods (many have left).

Today my friend sent me this picture, which is of me, him, my younger brother, and my cousin, sitting on my grandmother’s sofa in Havana. I can’t wait to go back and return a changed person, with many stories to tell.

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