New Memoir Recalls Life in Cuba, Escape to America

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Waldo López-Aqueres’ “Clashing Waves” offers a firsthand look at an émigré’s life in U.S.

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Many people dream of starting their life over in a new city, a new country or a new relationship. In his new memoir “Clashing Waves: Memories of a Cuban Immigrant” (published by iUniverse), author Waldo López-Aqueres reveals to readers what it was like growing up in pre-Communist Cuba and emigrating to the U.S. thirty months after Fidel Castro took power.

“Clashing Waves” is the life story of a boy losing his mother at age 4, growing up in an atypical modest middle-class family in Havana Cuba, and immigrating to the United States at the age of 22, when his life and ambitions were abruptly interrupted by the Communist revolution. The author recounts his experience and disgust with Communism, his journey to America, his frustrations adjusting to a new culture, language, and way of life, and eventually emerging triumphant in his new country.

An excerpt from “Clashing Waves”:

“I still hope to witness a free Cuba before I finish my journey on this earth, and to see all its residents living in peace under a democratic system that ensures individual liberty and social justice. It will be up to the younger generations to carry out the reconstruction and development in a post-transition Cuba, and to bring the country into the twenty-first century. I remain optimistic, especially since witnessing the fall of the Soviet Union and the rapid transformation of Eastern Europe.”

One Amazon reviewer says about the book, “This book is a captivating story of struggle and victory under incredible circumstances. Waldo López beat the odds to become a successful scholar, professional, husband, father, and grandfather. This is a MUST READ for all Cubans, Cuban-Americans, and anyone who would appreciate an honest look at the effects of the 1959 Cuban Revolution and its' infamous leaders, Fidel & Ché.”

About the Author
Waldo López-Aqueres was born in Cuba in 1939 and immigrated to the United States at 22. He earned a Master of Arts degree in economics and a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Southern California. He served as the director of economic policy research and advised as a consulting scholar for the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the Claremont Colleges in Pomona, Calif. He is a father of two, grandfather of two and he lives in California with his wife.

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