Well, that all too common experience is the underlying theme of Nancy Alonso’s newest book of stories, Disconnect/Desencuentro. A universally shared phenomenon: missed connections–misinterpretations–miscommunications. A very specific setting: the stark reality of modern-day Havana, Cuba. An unexpected twist: about half the characters in the book are gay.
Permeated with the author’s ironic perspective, yet capturing some of the idealism of days gone by in Cuba’s utopian project, these stories demand a more nuanced comprehension of who Cubans are today. From missions in Ethiopia to Chinese take-out in the entertainment district, the (mostly female) protagonists draw us in to their world, a world that despite the dissimilar surface contains the same desires and longing that will be all too familiar to all.
Available for pre-order now at Cubanabooks, general release date this Friday, February 3, 2012.