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“Cristina Garcia’s King of Cuba is irresistible. It is a Shakespearean tragedy set in the form of a novel, and although darkly serious, it manages to be wildly comic at times. Neither of its protagonists — El Jefe (Fidel Castro in all but name) nor Goyo Herrero (Cuban ex pat living in Miami) — are about to go quietly into the night. The story gives a glimpse of Cuba and Cubans and the deteriorating nirvana that was to be the revolution. It manages to be poignant, funny and tragic all at the same time and is flawlessly executed, an enjoyable and well-crafted story.”

R. Ira Harris, author of The Island of the White Rose

Harris appears at 6:30 Thursday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

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