Julia Cooke - The Other Side of Paradise

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba provides a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in contemporary Cuba. Weaving together stories of those she encountered, Julia Cooke artfully illuminates the last generation of Cubans raised under Castro: waiting out hurricanes at rummy storm parties, asking ancestors for advice during living room Santería ceremonies, attending raucous drag cabarets, and reconciling an undefined future with the urgency of today.

Julia Cooke is a freelance journalist and teacher who has lived in and reported from Mexico City and Havana. She has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center and Columbia University, where she completed her master of fine arts in creative nonfiction writing. Her essays about Cuba have been published in Conde Nast Traveller, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthology, among numerous newspapers and magazines. She is fluent in Spanish.




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ISBN: 9781580055314
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - April 1st, 2014

Change looms in Havana, Cuba's capital, a city electric with uncertainty yet cloaked in cliche, 90 miles from U.S. shores and off-limits to most Americans.