"Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban." In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba -- exiled
from his family, his country, and his own childhood by the revolution. The memories of Carlos's life in Havana, cut
short when he was just eleven years old, are at the heart of this stunning, evocative, and unforgettable memoir.
Waiting for Snow in Havana is both an exorcism and an ode to a paradise lost. For the Cuba of Carlos's youth -- with
its lizards and turquoise seas and sun-drenched siestas -- becomes an island of condemnation once a cigar-smoking
guerrilla named Fidel Castro ousts President Batista on January 1, 1959. Suddenly the music in the streets sounds like
gunfire. Christmas is made illegal, political dissent leads to imprisonment, and too many of Carlos's friends are
leaving Cuba for a place as far away and unthinkable as the United States. Carlos will end up there, too, and fulfill
his mother's dreams by becoming a modern American man -- even if his soul remains in the country he left behind.
Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting for Snow in Havana is a eulogy for a native land and a loving
testament to the collective spirit of Cubans everywhere.