Sarah McCammon, political reporter, NPR

“In her timely memoir, Melanie Bowden Simón gives us an intimate glimpse of a place—and a woman—on the cusp of dramatic change. La Americana is a romance, an adventure tale, and a raw depiction of loss that transcends place and time. The fact that this story is set in Cuba, though, makes for a fascinating and important read at this pivotal moment in U.S.-Cuba relations.”