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Book details
  • SubGenre:Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:218
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667843872

Cuba, Your Children Cry!

!Cuba, Tus Hijos Lloran!

by Otto H. Iglesias Esq.

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A personal memoir of being raised by refugees of Cuba. Political strife in Cuba upended the childhood of Otto's parents and ultimately prevented travel back to the island. A conflict so intense that thousands risked their lives to escape through shark-infested waters on man-made rafts to claim political asylum. Follow the story that encapsulates tenacity, determination, love, and accomplishment while overcoming immense fear during the pre-revolution era in Cuba. This single book contains both the English and Spanish versions.
It began when I was browsing through my parents' vintage photographs of a free Cuba in the 1940s and 50s at my home in Hialeah, Florida. I learned everything about Cuba from them, but I had never visited the beloved island only ninety miles from Key West, Florida. They told tales of romantic nights on the streets of Havana, an island where Cuban music escaped from small cafes and filled the streets with people dancing and laughing. I was learning the lingo recognized only by fellow Cubans. Political strife upended the Cuba of my parents' childhood and ultimately prevented travel back to the island. It was a conflict so intense that thousands risked their lives to escape through shark-infested waters on man-made rafts to Miami, or anywhere for that matter, to reach land and claim political asylum. Living this juxtaposition—love for the island and devastation at the collapse of a once beautiful society—was heart-wrenching. I felt as if I was being raised in a Cuban bubble while also being exposed to the elements of unfamiliar American traditions. A contradiction of sorts. For my entire life, I craved a better understanding of where I came from, the details of how my parents fled Cuba, and most importantly, who I am. I yearned to experience first-hand the Cuba of my parents' memories, to stroll the Malećon, and to immerse myself in the sights and sounds of that tropical paradise. After forty-six years of not knowing, I set out to learn the stories of the Iglesias family and to see the island through the tear-filled eyes of my parents. And finally, I accomplished that mission. The book has won and received the following awards and distinctions: 2023 Independent Press Awards - Distinguished Favorite Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist - E-Book Non-Fiction 17th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards - Finalist - Silver Medal 2023 International Latino Book Awards - Honorable Mention - The Mimi Lozano Best History Book 2023 Literary Titan Book Award
About the author
Otto Iglesias is a first-generation Cuban who was born and raised in Miami, FL. He attended Florida International University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1994. He continued to pursue his law degree at Michigan State School of Law graduating in 1999. He graduated with his LL.M in Trial Advocacy from Temple University in 2007. He is currently in private practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He resides in Rhode Island with his spouse. This book is dedicated to my mom, Amaryllis Fernandez Iglesias, and my dad, Lázaro Antonio Arteaga Iglesias, Sr. Cuba, tus hijos lloran! I hope I make you proud.