New Book Portrays Struggle to Survive the Loss of a Homeland

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Author shares the experiences of a Cuban exile in new novel.

My children and grandchildren may never get to see the Cuba of their ancestry, and I wanted very much to portray this experience for them

A compelling tale of human strength and courage in the face of historical events awaits readers as author Andrea Bermúdez presents The Incomplete Traveler: Diaries of a Cuban Exile. Made available through Xlibris, this poignant book tells the story of one woman’s journey as she shares the feelings of loss for her homeland and the need to adapt to life in exile.

This book is the story of Elena, her family, and her friends whose lives are interwoven with the history of the Fidel Castro revolution, along with the events that preceded it. Survival is the thread that holds the story together, as Elena faces her circumstances with humor and acceptance.

Divided into six parts, this narrative follows a chronological path. Part one presents the history of events that preceded the arrival of Castro. Part two describes the Cuban family as the axis from which all support and love must come. The third part defines what the author sees as the essence of being Cuban, giving special attention to language, religion, and music in the development of the Cuban psyche. Part four discusses the historical events that gave rise to the communist takeover of the island. Challenges to overcome in the new environment including adaptation to a new culture are presented in the fifth part. Lastly, part six talks about loss and survival and shows the main character, Elena, looking forward to her next step in life, just as her father did when he was approaching the end of his.

Written for the author’s grandchildren, The Incomplete Traveler: Diaries of a Cuban Exile intends to connect future generations of Cuban exiles to the historical and emotional roots of their ancestors. “My children and grandchildren may never get to see the Cuba of their ancestry, and I wanted very much to portray this experience for them,” the author shares.

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About the Author
Dr. Andrea Bermúdez has over forty years of experience in higher education as faculty and administrator. She is currently Professor Emerita from the University of Houston System. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph Macon Woman's College, a Master's of Arts from the University of Virginia and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston. As an administrator, she has been department chair, Dean of Academic Affairs at Miami Dade College, Associate Provost at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Santa Fe Community College. She has numerous books and publications in her field of multicultural Education and English as a Second Language. Dr. Bermudez recently retired. She is currently Chair of the Higher Education Center District Board and Secretary of the Santa Fe Community College Governing Board.

The Incomplete Traveler * by Andrea Bermúdez
Diaries of a Cuban Exile
Publication Date: October 13, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 277 pages; 978-1-4535-8649-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 277 pages; 978-1-4535-8650-1
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-8651-8

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