Next Year in Havana

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by Chanel Cleeton

Publication date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Paperback: 400 Pages

Publisher Description

After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution…

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest—until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

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Book Review

Next Year In Havana is a beautifully written novel that seamlessly weaves together the past and present to tell a story of love, family, and political unrest. Author Chanel Cleeton expertly captures Cuba’s vibrant culture and rich history while delving into complex themes of identity and resilience.

The characters in this novel are incredibly well-developed, each with their unique voice and story to tell. Elisa and Marisol’s journeys are heart-wrenching and inspiring as they discover hidden family secrets and confront the realities of a country torn apart by revolution.

Cleeton’s writing is evocative and emotional, vividly capturing Cuba’s beauty and struggles. As you read this book, you can’t help but feel right there with the characters, experiencing their joy, pain, and everything in between.

Overall, Next Year In Havana is a must-read for anyone who loves historical fiction or enjoys a well-crafted story. It will transport you to another time and place while also reminding you of the enduring power of love, family, and courage.

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About the author

Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Cuban Heiress, Our Last Days in Barcelona, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, The Last Train to Key West, When We Left Cuba, and Reese’s Book Club pick Next Year in Havana

Read more about Chanel ON HER WEBSITE


“A beautiful novel that’s full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice.” —Reese Witherspoon, (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick) 

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“A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations.
Entertainment Weekly

“This Cuban-set historical novel is just what you need to get that ~extra-summery~ feeling.”—Bustle

“The Ultimate Beach Read”—Real Simple
Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it’s always worth the risk.”—NPR

“A flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba. Simply wonderful!”
Kate QuinnNew York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress




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