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In the middle of a moonlight night on a deserted beach east of Havana, three men slide a flimsy makeshift raft into the surf. A lonely father, a disillusioned ex-soldier, and a frightened professor - all desperate to escape a society gone wrong - are driven to risk an incredible journey. They must somehow cross the more than ninety miles of treacherous waters that separate Cuba from the Florida Keys. Juan Cabrera, Professor of Physics at the University of Havana, whose father "disappeared" after the Revolution and whose lover, Carmen, a well-known painter and propagandist, defected in Berlin. Raul, a fearless working-class adventurer just returned from the war in the jungles of Angola, who longs for connection and total love. Andres, the oldest of the three, whose last wish in life is to be reunited with his daughter, Margarita, who lives in Miami. Together these three very different men defy the elements in a rite of passage that tests their spirit as harshly as the sea tests their endurance. When word reaches Miami that three balseros have set out just as hurricane warnings begin to come over the radio, a Cuban-American pilot takes to the sky in his private plane in a frantic search to locate the three. In this powerful and lyrical novel, J. Joaquin Fraxedas has crafted an epic story of men, women, and the sea that will change their lives forever. Superbly written, The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera is a profoundly moving literary tribute to one of the great tragedies of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312110222
ISBN-10: 0312110227
Format: Paperback / softback
(213mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: St. Martin's Griffin
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: 15-Apr-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - J Joaquin Fraxedas

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, J. Joaquin Fraxedas first established a distinguished career in civil trial practice, specializing in the trial of medical, products liability, and other complex cases, before concentrating exclusively on the practice of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He lives in Florida. "The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera "is his first novel."