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Loving Che by Ana Menendez

Loving Che is narrated by a unnamed Cuban woman living in Miami who has been searching for her birth mother for years, making fruitless trips to Havana in her quest. One day a package without a return address comes with a picture of the famous revolutionary Che Guevera and pieces of information that begin to unravel the clues. She gradually pieces together the story of her mother's affair with Che. Yet the question remains: is she the daughter of that union? Ana Menendez's novel paints a vivid portrait of the chaos of a country in revolution and the imagined private life of a mythic figure. Loving Che has received mixed reviews with the New York Times saying, "If Loving Che begins as a self-conscious paean to the redemptive ferocity of love, it ends as an elliptical and finely nuanced meditation on the mysteries of memory and identity, a work that despite its occasional lapses, expands the talented Ms. Menendez's fictional terrain."
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