Fatherlands: Identities of a Cuban American
A memoir with a twist about the journey of a Cuban American who was born Charles Lopez and is now known as Charles Bruns. The book covers what it was like for the author to be a New York City kid and New Jersey guy during the second half of the 20th century, and the impact his identity and experiences as a son, stepson and father had on his family and career. It also touches upon Cuban immigration in the U.S. and Cuban Americans the author got to know during his life.
“I could not put it down … I highly recommend this book to everyone, I guarantee you will truly enjoy this read!” — Amazon reviewer
“Took me inside the life of a tempest-tossed kid, born in the States but flung back to his family’s Cuban ancestral home, as its revolution raged on, for long enough to have memories that needed piecing back together. It is a wild ride …” — Goodreads and Barnes & Noble reviewer
“A must read! Both entertaining and thought provoking.” — Amazon and Barnes & Noble reviewer
I loved this book! — Amazon reviewer
“Very compelling and thought provoking.” — Goodreads reviewer
“A great book and very easy to read. It was an interesting and informative perspective …” — Amazon and Goodreads reviewer
“You don’t have to be Cuban or an American immigrant to enjoy.” — Goodreads reviewer
“Moved me with tears and smiles.” — Goodreads reviewer
To read a short but scholarly 5-star review on Goodreads, click here.
“Honest, heartbreaking, poignant and touchingly funny. A triumph!” — Patricia Perry Donovan, novelist
“Engrossing and fun to read.” — Diane Stockwell, editor
Digital downloads also available from Apple, Rakuten Kobo, Scribd, Thalia, Vivlio and elsewhere.
About the author
Charles Lopez was born to Cuban immigrants who settled in New York City before the Revolution. After his parents divorced and he returned from an extended stay in Cuba, he began learning to speak English. Five years later his mother remarried, he moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey and became known as Charles Bruns. He started working as a journalist while a teenager and launched his corporate communication career while a student at Seton Hall University. Along the way, he married and raised a family. But he never stopped thinking about who he is and what he isn’t or writing in his second language. Fatherlands: Identities of a Cuban American is his debut book.
Print ISBN: 978-1-7377980-0-2
Digital ISBN: 978-1-7377980-1-9
Library of Congress Control Number: 2022902025
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Click photo above to see the Long Branch Free Public Library YouTube video of author talk and book discussion held on June 14, 2022
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