The Road to Santiago

By Publishers Weekly

Spun from his memories of 1958 Cuba, Figueredo’s (When This World Was New) tale gets off to a burdensome start, but later pulses with authenticity and drama. Alfredito and his family find their Christmas plans derailed — literally — when Castro’s rebels blow up the train track between Havana, where Alfredito lives, and Santiago, where the extended family gathers at Abuela’s… Torrecilla’s bright, sun-washed acrylics often capture the sultry beauty of Christmas in Cuba.