I recently mentioned that I like reading about warm places in the winter — especially places in Latin America. Just like how Scandinavian murder mysteries are distinctly cold, damp and creepy, Latin American fiction is exotic, vibrant and busy.
I might be overgeneralizing but I just want to read a book where the sun always shines no matter what goes wrong.
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
Synopsis: Memoir of a boy who is airlifted out of Cuba leaving behind his family and country. The book describes pre-Revolution Cuba in all its glory and the author’s pining for a homeland that’s very different today — except for the lizards.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Synopsis: Tita, the youngest daughter of a large family isn’t allowed to marry. She pours all her feelings into her cooking which causes mass mood swings in all who eat her food. I love, love, love this book. I plan on re-reading so I can review for Broken Penguins.
Dr. Brinkley’s Tower by Robert Hough
Synopsis: American doctor builds radio tower in Mexican border town. Chaos follows fortune for the town and all its residents. This one is a new favourite! (review)
Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre
Synopsis: Daughter of South American revolutionaries writes her memoirs. Learned about this thru last year’s Canada Reads. Hope to finally read it this year. (previous post)