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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
Larry Mcmurtry

“Barry Hannah is an original, and one of the most consistently exciting writers of the post-Faulkner generation.”
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Cubop City Blues By Pablo Medina
A hypnotic portrayal of a Cuban cigar roller, now an old man trapped inside his useless body, compelled to relive his worst failures in order to conjure his fairest memories
The Cigar Roller
A Novel
By Pablo Medina
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978-0-8021-4237-5 • $12.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2006
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A hypnotic portrayal of a Cuban cigar roller, now an old man trapped inside his useless body, compelled to relive his worst failures in order to conjure his fairest memories

Praised by The Washington Post for his “subtle and effective voice,” master storyteller Pablo Medina’s new novel is a radiant journey through the mind of Amadeo Terra, a Cuban cigar-factory worker lying helpless in a Florida hospital after a massive stroke has left him paralyzed. His body no longer works and he has no means by which to communicate, but his mind is very much alive, as is his ruthless and audacious wit. His only human contact is with the callous nurse who constantly scolds him, the orderly who barely acknowledges him, and the nun who prays for Amadeo’s salvation while he fantasizes about what’s under her habit.

One day Nurse feeds him mango from a baby-food jar—a departure from the tasteless mush he frequently regurgitates with defiance—and the taste of it brings memories of his life in Havana flooding back to him. Once a master cigar roller and an imperious patriarch of enormous appetites, Amadeo now recalls his turbulent but passionate relationship with his wife Julia, his numerous romantic transgressions, his three sons toward whom he feels a shocking ambivalence, and the political strife that forced his family to relocate to Florida under desperate circumstances. Abandoned now, he is forced to confront the long-buried facts of his previously unexamined life. The Cigar Roller is a tour de force, an evocative portrait of a man whose life—once governed unapologetically by his basest urges—is now reduced mercilessly to its most basic functions.

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