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Cuba, 1936. As her family struggles to recover from the Cuban Revolution, Estelita’s own world opens when she’s “discovered” singing in Havana nightclubs. At fifteen, her dreams to travel to America come true with the invitation to sing at the Copacabana. There, she begins a whirlwind romance with Chu Chu Martinez, a handsome actor she later marries. But when Chu Chu forbids her from performing, Estelita takes their daughter, Nina, and escapes to Hollywood.
Big Sur, 1966. Nina Rodriguez grew up enamored by her mother’s beauty and glamour. She still doesn’t understand how her vivacious mother could have died so quickly from influenza and suspects a more sinister plot pointing to her mother’s most recent romance. When Nina finds herself repeating her mother’s destructive patterns with men, she looks to the lessons of her mother’s past to find a new way forward.
Based on the true events of Estelita Rodriguez’s sensational life and exclusive interviews with the real Nina, Find Me in Havana beautifully captures the love, sacrifice and deep understanding that can only come from a mother-daughter relationship.
“Serena Burdick brings Hollywood legend Estelita Rodriguez to vivid life in FIND ME IN HAVANA. Written with beautiful prose and searing honesty, this story of mothers and daughters will stay with you long after you turn the final page.”
— Bryn Turnbull, bestselling author of The Woman Before Wallis
“Burdick brilliantly captures the glamour, and the grit, of life as a Cuban immigrant turned Hollywood star in her fascinating new novel about Estelita Rodriguez. Told in a series of letters, FIND ME IN HAVANA is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of mothers and daughters, and the American Dream that comes with the biggest price of all. I couldn’t put it down!”
— Heather Webb, USA Today bestselling author of The Next Ship Home
“A poignant and gripping account of the life of Cuban actress Estelita Rodriquez… With great skill, Burdick weaves a heartbreaking narrative of a star’s rise and fall… A deeply affecting tragedy.”
— Publishers Weekly