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“Rich and stunning . . . with an incredibly intricate scaffolding . . . Another triumph.” Rigoberto Gonzalez, Los Angeles Review of Books
Cubop City Blues
978-0-8021-4608-3 • $15.00 • Paperback • June 2013
“[A] haunting love letter to New York . . . Medina has a keen eye for the ebb and flow of desire. . . . There is beauty, suffused with a muted melancholy, in Medina’s attempt to capture the rhythms of life.” Publishers Weekly
Poet and novelist Pablo Medina’s new book, Cubop City Blues, fuses raw, passionate language and elegant lyricism to breathe life into a musically disguised New York City, shaped by jazz masters, refugees, and storytellers.
Our guide into Cubop City is The Storyteller, born nearly blind and shrouded in his mother’s guilt. He’s homeschooled inside his parents’ crumbling apartment with a European housekeeper and educated through The Encyclopedia Britannica, the Bible, and The Arabian Nights. When he’s twentyfive, his mother and father, both Cuban exiles, are diagnosed with cancer, and The Storyteller alone is left to care for them. He does so by telling them stories conceived from the prolific reading that allowed his imagination to deepen and flourish despite little contact with the outside world.
Molded in the cadence and harmony of Afro-Cuban jazz, Cubop City Blues is a symphonic portrait of a bustling urban landscape and the intimate lives and stories that give a city its voice.