In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.
As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.
Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?
The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.
Cuba is one of the top countries I want to visit, once the Castros are out of power. Cuba always sounds so beautiful and I really want to see it for myself, since I've read many books about it. My heart always goes out to the Cuban people who are not allowed to return home, to never again see their country. How awful. But doesn't this book sound amazing? May can't come fast enough!
December Reviews Theme
As voted by you (in a very close vote), my reviews for the month of December are going to focus on religions. That being said, I need some more recommendations. I'm going to try and read all of Randa Abdel-Fattah's books, since I loved Does My Head Look Big in This? (which is my first religion review, the main character is Muslim). I need recommendations for YA books with poc about the Jewish faith (or just a poc Jewish protagonist) and any other religions (except Christianity since I'm not going to spotlight it as much).
However, I've also decided to do a few reviews on the other themes as well, since I really need to finish some like the God Box and Ash before 2009 is over (a personal goal)! So I'm going to try and make religions the main focus, but there are already a ton of books I've finished that need to be reviewed (like One Crazy Summer, Jumped, Now and Zen, She's So Money). Be patient with me :)
PS Kirsten at Bookworming in the 21st Century is throwing a massive birthday bash for 25 days. Go check it out, all contests end Dec. 30th and today she's giving away a copy of Marcelo in the Real World! If you need a refresher as to why this book is beyond amazing, read my review here