Frequently Asked Questions

Will Next Year in Havana be translated into Spanish?

Yes! I am so thrilled to share that Next Year in Havana will be translated into Spanish. This has been at the top of my wishlist for a long time. Unfortunately, I don’t have more details to share about the Spanish translation at this time, but when I do, I will post updates here. Thank you so much!

What inspired you to write Next Year in Havana?

In the summer of 2016, my father told me a family story—of a night before my father and grandparents left Cuba in 1967 when the family met under the cover of darkness and buried their most valuable possessions in the backyard of their home since they couldn’t take them with them in exile. Even though I grew up on my family’s stories of Cuba, this story was one that hadn’t been shared with me before, and as a writer, I was gripped with the question: If you were forced to flee the only home you’d ever known and you didn’t know when you would be able to go back, what would you choose to save for when you could return? From that question, Next Year in Havana was born.

While the Perez family itself is entirely fictional, and the novel is a work of fiction, as a Cuban-American author I enjoyed the opportunity to explore my Cuban identity and also to learn more about my family’s history as I wrote about the Cuba they loved so faithfully. I was also able to put some of my family’s stories like the box in the backyard into the book, and Next Year in Havana truly is the book of my heart.

Do you do book club visits?

Yes! I love chatting with book clubs and am available for visits through Skype subject to availability. I don’t do as many in-person visits due to time constraints, but if you’re interested in having me visit with your group, you can contact me through the form on my website here. Thank you!

My book club is reading one of your books. What resources do you recommend?

My publisher has created gorgeous book club guides for Next Year in Havana and When We Left Cuba. The guides include discussion questions (some spoilers may be found, so I recommend looking at those after you’ve finished the book), a letter from me, recipes, and other tips for recommended reading and ideas for your book club evening. Thanks for reading my books!

Do you have a newsletter/mailing list?

I do! I send out a monthly newsletter filled with book news, giveaways, what I’m reading and loving, and more. You can subscribe here. Thanks!