Preview - Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick

Havana is one of those places I love reading about. Its history and culture create a setting that is unique and mysterious. When I saw the synopsis for this book, I knew it was one for my To Be Read list. It's categorized as General Fiction/Historical Fiction.

Synopsis from Netgalley:


"A novel based on the dazzling story of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated Hispanic actresses and her daughter’s search for closure.

Cuba, 1936: When Estelita Rodriguez sings in a hazy Havana nightclub for the very first time, she is nine years old. From then on, that spotlight of adoration—from Havana to New York’s Copacabana and then Hollywood—becomes the one true accomplishment no one can take from her. Not the 1933 Cuban Revolution that drove her family into poverty. Not the revolving door of husbands or the fickle world of film.

Thirty years later, her young adult daughter, Nina, is blindsided by her mother’s mysterious death. Seeking answers, the grieving Nina navigates the troubling, opulent memories of their life together and discovers how much Estelita sacrificed to live the American dream on her own terms.

Based on true events and exclusive interviews with Nina Lopez, Estelita’s daughter, Find Me in Havana weaves two unforgettable voices into one extraordinary story that explores the unbreakable bond between mother and child, and the ever-changing landscape of self-discovery".


One of the other reasons I chose this book is that it's based on true events - it makes the story feel more real. I can't wait to start this book! Look for my review on its January 12 publication date.

Will you be reading this book? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great day!

20 comments:

  1. This sounds like my kind of book - I love reading historical books and those about different cultures! Thanks for sharing!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  2. Ooo, now Find me in Havana sounds like a good read. I do enjoy a story thats based off true events and the synopsis has completely drawn me in.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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  3. I haven’t heard of this book before. I have been really rubbish with reading this year but next year I want to make a conscious effort to read more. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Lauren

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  4. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review!!!

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    1. Thanks Heather! This is only a preview though. Look for my review coming in January!

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  5. I don't think I've ever read a book set in Havana. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Flora ¦ www.florasmusings.com

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  6. this sounds like it needs to go on my list!

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  7. Oooh sounds like such a good read!

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  8. Ooo, Havana! My sister has been there twice and the photos she took are gorgeous! It's definitely a place that remembers its history. This must be a great book.

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    1. Thanks Jenna! I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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  9. This sounds like such a wonderful book. Love that it’s based on true events as well!

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