In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd

  • by Ana Menéndez
  • Narrated by Maria Rodriguez Saravia
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pushcart Prize winner Ana Menendez landed firmly in the literary landscape last year with the hardcover publication of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd. Reviewers overwhelmingly agree that she is an important new voice in American fiction: hers is "a bright debut that points to even brighter accomplishments to come" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), a tour de force that is "poignant and varied, emotionally vivid and hauntingly melancholy" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "a Cuban odyssey that conjures up Eugene O'Neill-like drama" (Kirkus Reviews).
In these linked tales about the Cuban-American experience and the immigrant experience in general, Ana Menendez has instantly established herself as a natural storyteller who "probes with steady humor and astute political insight the dreams versus the realities of her characters" (Elle). From the prizewinning title story - a masterpiece of humor and heartbreak - unfolds a series of family snapshots that illuminate the landscape of an exiled community rich in heritage, memory, and longing for the past. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd is at once "tender and sharp-fanged" (L.A. Weekly) as Ana Menendez charts the territory from Havana to Coral Gables with unforgettable passion and explores whether any of us are capable, or even truly desirous, of outrunning our origins.

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What the Critics Say

"Achingly wise." (Richard Eder, the New York Times Book Review)
"Menendez taps into [a] wellspring of broken promises and unfulfilled desires and gives us a... peek at... the Cuban-American experience." (Ariel Gonzalez, The Miami Herald)
"Menendez offers a lilting narrative that sways soulfully between past and present, longing and regret, joy and tragedy." (Donna Rifkind, The Baltimore Sun)

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Customer Reviews

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Love at first listen!

Great performance by this talented reader, Maria Rodriguez Savaria, of this spectacular prose by Ana Menedez. Story telling at its greatest- strong characters with complex psychology, settings and culture as dynamic as the characters. A deep understanding of the way people experience intimate relationships with each other and the places they live.
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- Anne

Not for me

The performance was good but the stories did not speak to me. They were not my cup of tea.
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- Armando

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios