Waiting for Snow in Havana Author:Carlos Eire A childhood in a privileged household in 1950's Havana is joyous and cruel, like any other - but with exotic differences. Lizards roam the house and grounds. Fights aaren't waged wtih snowballs but with breadfruit. Our narrator's father, a judge, is certain that in a past life he was Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette. In a home crammed... more » with portraits of Jesus that speak to him in dreams and nightmares, young Carlos Eire searches for secret proofs ot the existence of God, determined to best Saint Thomas Aquinas by coming up with more than five.
Then in January 1959 the world changes. President Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerilla has taken his palce and Christmas is canceled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear - spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up ther himself, alone, never to see his father again. The journey will test his soul.« less