The Woman She Was

Celia Cantú, a pediatrician in Havana, is trying to live a regular life in today's Cuba. She is engaged to her childhood friend Luis and lives with her 16-year-old niece, Liliana. Celia's life is disrupted when Luis's brother, Joe, returns from Miami flaunting his American ways. Joe's arrival and Liliana's adolescent restlessness force Celia to examine the discrepancy between her country's revolutionary ideals and its reality.

As this family drama unfolds, Celia is unnerved by moments when her mind and body seem to be taken over by Celia Sánchez, a heroine of the Revolution and long-time intimate of Fidel Castro. The turbulent past and an undefined future collide when Liliana disappears and Celia sets out into the Cuban countryside in search of her.

The Woman She Was is a deeply moving novel that explores the aspirations, hopes, and fears of contemporary Cubans, as well as the challenges they still face.

Table des matières

Table des matières
The Woman She Was 1
One 8
Two 11
Three 15
Four 18
Five 21
Six 26
Seven 28
Eight 34
Nine 37
Ten 42
Eleven 44
Twelve 47
Thirteen 54
Fourteen 62
Fifteen 69
Sixteen 74
Seventeen 78
Eighteen 83
Nineteen 85
Twenty 89
Twenty-One 94
Twenty-Two 100
Twenty-Three 107
Twenty-Four 111
Twenty-Five 115
Twenty-Six 119
Twenty-Seven 123
Twenty-Eight 125
Twenty-Nine 129
Thirty 132
Thirty-One 137
Thirty-Two 140
Thirty-Three 142
Thirty-Four 144
Thirty-Five 146
Thirty-Six 150
Thirty-Seven 155
Thirty-Eight 157
Thirty-Nine 161
Forty 163
Forty-One 167
Forty-Two 170
Forty-Three 174
Forty-Four 181
Forty-Five 186
Forty-Six 193
Forty-Seven 196
Forty-Eight 203
Forty-Nine 206
Fifty 209
Fifty-One 214
Fifty-Two 216
Fifty-Three 221
Fifty-Four 223
Fifty-Five 231
Fifty-Six 236
Fifty-Seven 240
Fifty-Eight 245
Fifty-Nine 248
Sixty 251
Sixty-One 258
Sixty-Two 263
Sixty-Three 268
Sixty-Four 272
Sixty-Five 275
Sixty-Six 278
Sixty-Seven 281
Sixty-Eight 285
Sixty-Nine 287
Seventy 289
Seventy-One 296
Seventy-Two 300
Seventy-Three 304
Seventy-Four 308
Seventy-Five 311
Seventy-Six 317
Seventy-Seven 320
Seventy-Eight 324
Seventy-Nine 330
Eighty 334
Eighty-One 338
Eighty-Two 342
Eighty-Three 346
Eighty-Four 351
Eighty-Five 353
Eighty-Six 356
Eighty-Seven 358
Eighty-Eight 362
Eighty-Nine 365
Ninety 367
Ninety-One 371
Epilogue 377
About the Author 385