Books by Cristina García

KING OF CUBA by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2013

"A clever, well-conceived dual portrait that shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island."
Fidel Castro contemplates his legacy at the end of his life while a disgruntled Cuban expat plots to hurry that end along. Read full book review >
DREAMS OF SIGNIFICANT GIRLS by Cristina García
FICTION
Released: July 12, 2011

"The epilogue ties things up nicely though, making the journey worth taking. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Three girls with completely different styles, interests and upbringings initially clash during a ritzy summer boarding-school program in Switzerland before becoming the best of friends. Read full book review >
THE LADY MATADOR’S HOTEL by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Six brightly located characters in search of more than synchronicity."
Six characters in an unnamed tropical city consider matters of life and death, sex and politics, in a brief, intense, imperfectly resolved chronicle of overlapping destinies. Read full book review >
I WANNA BE YOUR SHOEBOX by Cristina García
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 29, 2008

"Although the lessons Yumi learns ring true, the vehicle feels contrived and artificial, which prevents the reader from making an emotional connection. (Fiction. 8-12)"
There are two big themes at work in García's bromidic new book: "Change is hard...but it makes you grow," and, we're all a jumble of identities and experiences. Read full book review >
THE DOG WHO LOVED THE MOON by Cristina García
ANIMALS
Released: April 8, 2008

"Despite its pat ending, García will have readers boogying to the beat of the conga, as they howl and sing to Babaluna, asking her to come down from the sky. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fanciful story about a dog that's lovesick for the moon, and a young girl's wish to bring the two together. Read full book review >
A HANDBOOK TO LUCK by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2007

"Another winner for García."
The fortunes of three vividly characterized protagonists are deftly delineated in the Cuban-born author's fourth novel. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2003

"An illuminating and altogether worthy addition to an excellent series."
Nicely varied selections from 25 authors are organized by Havana-born novelist García (Monkey Hunting, p. 332, etc.) into sections titled after various indigenous dances (e.g., "Rumba," "Mambo," "Salsa"). Read full book review >
MONKEY HUNTING by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2003

"Sometimes more interesting for its revelation of little-known aspects of Cuban history than for its revelation of characters, but Chen Pan lingers in the memory as a brooding, contemplative patriarch."
García's third (after The Aguero Sisters, 1997, etc.) again lyrically portrays several generations of a Cuban family, this one with Chinese roots. Read full book review >
THE AGUERO SISTERS by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1997

"Fluid, graceful, and extremely rewarding: a work of high seriousness and rich detail. (First printing of 50,000)"
A remembrance of things past in which several generations of a Cuban family intersect and collide throughout the ornate and highly polished narrative of novelist Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban, 1992), whose earlier evocations of homeland and exile have been refined to an even greater degree. Read full book review >
DREAMING IN CUBAN by Cristina García
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1992

"Garcia explores Cuban culture and illustrates the dislocations of a family, but the novel—told through interior visions rather than action—lacks sufficient freshness of insight to be consistently compelling."
A patchwork of incident, memory, letters, dreams and visions provides glimpses of a Cuban family at home and in exile in the '70's and '80's, but Garcia's debut suffers from its fragmented style. Read full book review >