"This irresistible gander at Cuba today features the liveliest prose and
the sharpest eye for detail. The contradictions and improvisatory
adjustments within this strange society are brought home through a
series of vital portraits by the author, Julia Cooke, whose sympathy
never gets in the way of her search for the elusive truth."
"Cooke introduces a world that somehow makes sense in its lack of
reason, as understood by American readers. An excellent taste of Cuba
today, without tourist plans or political agenda."
"With top-notch reporting and an eye for detail, Cooke dives deeply into
post-Fidel Cuba to deliver an intimate, exuberant, poignant account of
lives spent waiting for change."
--Elisabeth Eaves, author of Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents
"In a series of nimble profiles, Cooke expertly documents what is likely
to be the last generation of the lost youth of Cuba-the teens of the
transition, with all their contradictions, sorrows, and calluses. The Other Side of Paradise is a tear-through read, full of vitality and compassion."
--Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolution