Leaving Havana

by Conchita Hernandez Hicks



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/1/0001

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452086071
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452086088
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452086064

About the Book

Cuba was a playground for the wealthy in the 1950s. It was a place to bask in the sun during the day, and enjoy many fine nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, and casinos after the sun went down. Many wealthy Americans traveled to Cuba for both business and pleasure. In January of 1959, everything changed. I was a little girl in Cuba at that time. I was living a life of luxury with practically anything that my little heart desired. My family had a chauffeur and homes in the city, in the country, and at the beach. I had my own nanny. I had parents and grandparents that loved me and lived close by so that I could see them almost every day. I was truly living a fairy-tale existence. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, my world came crashing down around me. Fidel Castro took over Cuba and made devastating changes to the country - and to the lives of those who lived there. The fairy tale quickly came to an end. Many difficult decisions had to be made by my parents and by many others. The world that we knew no longer existed. We had to leave loved ones and property behind. We had to move forward to a new life in a different country, with different customs, and a different language - and there was no turning back.

About the Author

Conchita Hernandez Hicks was born in Havana, Cuba. She and her family lost everything and came to the United States in search of freedom after Fidel Castro brought socialism and communism to Cuba. Although she was only a little girl when she lived there, she has vivid memories of her life in Cuba.

After living in Miami for a year, Conchita and her family moved to Montevallo, Alabama where her mother joined the faculty at Alabama College and her father found an accounting job. Most of her growing-up years were spent in Montevallo.

Today, Conchita lives in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband, Barry. She teaches Spanish at Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama. She enjoys traveling with her husband whenever time permits.

Conchita is proud to be mother to two fine sons, Alan and Brad, and grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren, Daniel, Abbie, Carson, and Jason.