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.
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About the Author
Beverly Gandara resides in Florida with her husband, Armand. She is a native of New York City where she attended Brooklyn College and Marymount Manhattan College. She began her screenwriting studies at The Gotham Writers Workshop in Manhattan. Beverly is the recipient of the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Beverly Hills International Film Festival for her comedy RENT MONEY. She has written several contest-placed screenplays and CONCRETE WINGS is her first novel.
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Concrete Wings: One Man's Fifty Year Journey to Personal Freedom based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book is an absolute historical treasure - a fictitious accounting inspired by the true story of the author’s husband’s defection (as well as other defectors) to the United States from Cuba as a young teen on the eve of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. I could not put this award-winning novel down as I read about Julian’s young life in Cuba - from family infidelities to domestic disturbances to young love, to his struggles in finding his footing in a new land. His desire to build a life for himself & his never-ending loyalty to his family are to be greatly admired. I consider this book a must read for teens, adults, & anyone who believes in the American dream.
In some ways, Beverly Gandara’s debut novel is a challenge. I developed a raging dislike for Julian’s father from the first page to the very last. This arrogant, self-centered egomaniac did nothing but harm to everyone he touched in so many ways. His only religion was the almighty dollar (peso in Cuba), and how he put others at risk to protect what he felt was his right, was unconscionable. That being said, Gandara’s writing style is addictive and her story is one I’m sure happened to many as they lived through and beyond the Cuban revolution of the 1950s. The psychological impact that this upheaval caused for thousands is being felt yet today and may never go away. Her central character, Julian, is to be admired for his adaptability to whatever circumstance he found himself in. As the reader learns toward the end of the book, the title is so very appropriate to the story. Gandara takes a horrific story and turns it into a page turner, causing the reader to keep reading to discover what happens next. I can’t wait to read whatever Gandara writes next.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Concrete Wings: One Man’s Fifty Year Journey to Personal Freedom by Beverly Gandara is a historical novel that follows the life and struggles of Julian Vida, a Cuban immigrant, and his journey to inner freedom. It is the eve of the event that has come to be known in history as the Bay of Pigs Invasion and a naïve teenage boy, Julian, is charged with saving smuggled family jewels, escaping being drafted into Fidel Castro’s army, and preparing a place for his family in the US. This is a coming of age story that explores the political and sexual revolution in the USA. Julian experiences a lot of freedom until the arrival of his parents, who can’t blend in with the American way of life. Read on to discover his heartaches, his inner turmoil, and what constitutes his ultimate success. This is a beautiful story that is beautifully told and the reader is transported into the Cuban world view at the wake of the twentieth century. One of the things that caught my attention was the vivid portrait of the culture as the author weaves cultural elements into the story, allowing readers to penetrate the soul of the Cuban. The historical references come out neatly in the narrative and readers will be absorbed by the social commentary the author makes. The conflict is well-developed and it has a lot of psychological implications for the protagonist. Concrete Wings: One Man’s Fifty Year Journey to Personal Freedom is a captivating story that is told in the first person narrative, pulling the reader into the narrator’s point of view irresistibly. Beverly Gandara transports readers to a powerful historical and cultural setting and makes them fall in love with the characters.