This was a short history of Communist Cuba, seen through the eyes of a teenage girl who grew up in a family that didn't support the regime. They spent 20 years trying to get out of the country and finally did, on the Mariel boatlift.
It was a great inside view of a closed society. Both fascinating and horrifying...I loved it.
This is a really great book. My father is Cuban, so I'm constantly struggling to better understand the history of Cuba and what Cubans have gone through. Mirta Ojito writes a powerful and interesting story of her own experience in Cuba and intertwines it with key facts and historical accounts. Of all the Cuban memoirs I've read, this one is my favorite.