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Angela of the Stones

Author: Amanda Hale
ISBN: 9781771871655 Categories: Fiction, Literary, Short Stories (single author)
Publication Date: 1 October, 2018
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5"

“All of Cuba is a museum now. We live off our old Revolution,” laments Gertrudis, one in a cast of characters teetering on the verge of political change while held in the grip of the past. Cuba is the place where the grandchildren of peasants become consultant surgeons, but also the place where necessity as the mother of invention is put into extreme practise. In Havana, the buildings like the peoples’ dreams, are constantly being restored. But so too in the rural districts, in towns like Baracoa, you will find boisterous people who idolised the Fidel past and continue to mourn his passing while those like Godofredo, born in January 1959 as a victorious Fidel marched into Havana, limps along the streets of Baracoa where he encounters tourists and townspeople while maintaining his anonymity as the peanut vendor. In Amanda Hale’s stories, Cuba comes alive with a gentle humour and through the richly detailed portraits of the families of Baracoa as they struggle with the political changes that are reshaping Cuba.

Meet Daniela who flies from the roof into the arms of her unfaithful husband; Sonia who marvels at the new world of her cell-phone crazy teenagers; Tito, a world away in Miami, who rants about Obama’s handshake with Raúl Castro; and witness a corpse that travels the length of Cuba and back in a nightmare of bureaucracy, all while Ángela huddles for the night on her bench in Parque Central.

About the Author

Amanda Hale is an award-winning writer who has published three novels, two poetry chapbooks, and now her second collection of linked fictions set in the Cuban town of Baracoa. She is currently collaborating as librettist on Pomegranate — an opera set in ancient Pompeii. A fourth novel, Mad Hatter, is forthcoming.

Hale is an established writer with reader followings on the west coast where she lives and Toronto where she teaches. Her previous books have been well-reviewed and have sold beyond the literary market into schools. She has sold rights of her work into Spain and South America.

Her previous publications include:
Sounding the Blood (Raincoast Books 2001)
The Reddening Path (Thistledown 2007)
My Sweet Curiosity (Thistledown 2009)
Embrace of the Alligator (Thistledown 2011)
Mi dulce curiosidad, Scriba NYC 2017- Spanish edition of My Sweet Curiosity
Sondeando la sangre, Ediciones Holguín 2017 – Spanish edition of Sounding the Blood

Awards

Relit Award for Fiction, 2002 (short-listed)
Relit Award for Fiction, 2010 (long-listed)

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