Genres: Coming of Age, Literary Fiction
Format: Audiobook, Kindle, Paperback
By Beverly Gandara
A naïve teen sent out of Cuba to retrieve smuggled family jewels on the eve of the Bay of Pigs invasion comes of age in New York City at the height of the sexual revolution and earns his political and economic freedom. By a twist of fate, he begins to lose his liberty when his oppressive parents arrive and refuse to assimilate into American Society. Take the journey and discover why success isn’t always measured by what one becomes, but often by what one overcomes.
Concrete Wings: One Man’s Fifty Year Journey to Personal Freedom by Beverly Gandara is a historical novel and coming of age story. Young teenage Julian Vida, a Cuban immigrant, is sent out to recover family jewels on the eve of the historical event, the Bay of Pigs invasion. He barely escapes being drafted into Fidel Castro’s army. He is sent to America to arrange a place for his family. Julian is adjusting to life in America, free and appreciating his life. But, then his parents arrive and they can’t assimilate into the American way of life, and they end up oppressing Julian. This story follows Julian’s journey as he struggles with life and learns to overcome the many obstacles and challenges one faces when they relocate to a foreign country and has to learn the language and navigate a new way of life without family support, education or job training. Readers follow his journey in life as he fights and gains victories along the way to his personal freedom.
Concrete Wings is a captivating engaging read. Beverly Gandara has created a beautiful story filled with intrigue and historical accuracy. Much research went into this story, as readers are taken back in time to the Cuban culture and philosophy of life. It is also a factual exploration of the sexual and political revolution in America.
Readers will relate to the psychological issues that the protagonist, Julian, must overcome on his passage and journey to private freedom. He is a remarkable character that many will connect with and understand. All the characters in Concrete Wings are well developed and flesh out, making for great writing. The storyline and plot are engaging and fully thought out with an original creative voice and narrative. I was completely impressed by the writing and the dialog between the characters. Beverly Gandara has penned an original piece of fiction that is a must read for all enthusiastic readers.
The descriptive writing is vivid and full, putting readers on the scene and settings. The Cuban culture and settings are written clearly with historical and cultural accuracy. I was completely impressed and engrossed and couldn’t put this book down. Artisan Book Reviews is confident in recommending Concrete Wings. It is an extraordinary story composed by an amazing writer, Beverly Gandara.
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