I have been afraid of this book for years now. I didn’t think I would get it. I didn’t know anything at all about Cuba- except for the cigars. I had no idea their revolution was in the 1950s or that it was so poor and struggling in 2017. But it really met me as a learner.It was a great historical. I do feel completely satisfied by the doomed love but that’s secondary..it is a political novel. I’ve learnt so much about their politics and history through Next Year. I loved all of that and the exploration of home- physical and spiritual. There was a lot of politics and I can imagine if you just picked it up for the gorgeous dress on the cover you’d be bored. But if you are in for a historical your good to go!