Telex From Cuba

Telex From Cuba

Large Print - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Rachel Kushner has written an astonishingly wise, ambitious, and riveting debut novel set in the American community in Cuba during the years leading up to Castro's revolution - a place that was a paradise for a time and for a few. Young Everly Lederer and K. C. Stites come of age in Oriente Province, where the Americans tend their own fiefdom. When the cane fields start to burn, K. C. and Everly begin to discover the brutality that keeps the colony humming

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9781410413918
Branch Call Number: LP FIC KUS
Characteristics: 585 p. :,map ;,23 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jun 21, 2018

A remarkable debut novel. "Telex From Cuba" proposes an interesting comparison. A French gunrunner states that Dictator Batista's regime in American influenced Cuba is like the Petain-led Vichy government in German occupied France. I would rate "Telex From Cuba" at 4.50 stars.

Jul 22, 2013

An interesting read, and she gets the mindless entitlement of colonial Americans right. But the book is full of anachronisms. I suspect her editor is 30-ish, and neither Rachel nor her editor seems to realize magic markers and plastic bags- to name just 2 things- did not exist in 1952, much less in Cuba.

Aug 25, 2012

This book is about Cuba pre-,during, and post-revolution in the 1950's. Told from multiple characters' perspectives, including a wealthy American pre-teen born and raised on a Cuban sugar plantation. When forced to evacuate Cuba, he is devastated and feels a loss at having to leave his "home" country. Discusses all sides of the revolution, from the wealthy sugar lords to the soldiers fighting for the people's revolution, with the common theme that all share a love of their country. Paints an interesting, whimsical at times, perspective of Cuba during this historical time period.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at FVRL

To Top