More Reviews for A Hundred Fires in Cuba
“With A Hundred Fires in Cuba, Thorndike explores his great themes: the mother in extremis, the intrigue of a foreign lover (or two), the beloved child, aging men unmoored, and the complications of passion, passion, passion.” –Ted Conover, author of Rolling Nowhere, Coyotes, and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing.
“In A Hundred Fires in Cuba, John Thorndike has done something remarkable: written a compelling (and thrilling) love story set in the middle of a revolution. Thorndike’s prose is both lyrical and sharp as he navigates a country and a couple in the midst of turmoil and transition. I haven’t enjoyed reading a book this much in a long time.” –Robert Wilder, author of Nickel and Daddy Needs a Drink
“Thorndike’s characters know Havana, New York, and Miami well, and his Caribbean story abounds with righteousness, sex, and love. –Tom Miller, author of Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro’s Cuba and Cuba, Hot and Cold
“Thorndike gives us a unique lens into Camilo’s life through his fictional affair with American photographer, Clare Miller. Thorndike dissects the torrid-but-thorny attraction between Clare and Camilo along with Cienfuego’s inner conflict between idealism and the allure of power…. Every page of A Hundred Fires in Cuba breathes with life.” –Raul Ramos y Sanchez, author of the Class H Trilogy and The Skinny Years
“Electrifying, classic prose, rich and fluent story-telling, a cast of unforgettable characters caught in the thick of one of the most fascinating turning points in recent history…. Gripping from cover to cover.” –Henry Shukman, author of Archangel
“I would like to go to Cuba. Now, with A Hundred Fires in Cuba, I’ve had my chance through John Thorndike’s literary rumba of love and passion amidst the Cuban Revolution…. The dance is easy, intricate, flowing, and sensual, with the tantalizing, wry wisdom that always accompanies John Thorndike’s writing.” –Lady Borton, author of Sensing the Enemy and After Sorrow
“John Thorndike brings a resonant emotional sensibility to the days of Clare Miller and her baby girl, Alameda. Thorndike knows that to become a father or mother is a revolution in itself, and projects this against the big screen of political revolution, with its savage and often tragic logic.
–Paul Kafka-Gibbons, author of Love [Enter], Dupont Circle, and The Last Murder
What you’ve got here is a mystery and a love story about one of Cuba’s favorite revolutionaries. –Nancy Stout, author of One Day in December: Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution
“Thorndike weaves the novel from two interesting threads — a romance rich with passion and sex, and a crucial moment of history starring Fidel Castro and his cohort. We breathe Cuba’s hot humid air, taste Cuba’s culture, gain insights into what it means to be Cuban, and more, what it means to be human.” –Ray Ring, author of Arizona Kiss and Telluride Smile