I read this book BECAUSE of the historical context, and Cuban politics and chaos wasn’t that long ago. I remember interviewing a person for a job not too long ago, and he told me he was banned from traveling back to Cuba, but was still sending his 90-year-old mother $$ and needed to continue working. I thought ~ really? How crazy to be exiled from a country!! This was my first inside look at Cuba, and some of the revolutionaries and quests for change. I was looking things up on Cuba while I read it because it was interesting to me. Loved the plot and the personal growth of the main character...and what it means to be Cuban.