Telex from Cuba: A Novel by Rachel Kushner
Kushner has an amazing sense of setting. This novel succeeds in making the reader feel like s/he is in 1950s Cuba, on the verge of a revolution.
Kushner takes you to meet multiple Americans living during this unstable time: children, prostitutes, rebels, and spoiled wives. I found the childrens’ stories most compelling, told with innocence and wonder. Seeing the burgeoning revolution through their eyes made it less political, and more personal, connected to their fathers’ jobs, their brothers’ camaraderie with the rebels, their maids’ support of Castro.
A beautifully reconstruction of pre-Castro Cuba, Kusher’s next novel is sure to be just as successful in transporting the reader through time.