Mama would tell us story of the time Peruchito (cousin) came to visit Abuela Ana and Abuelo Julian in full military dress. As he walked through the front door, he noticed that the framed photograph of Fidel he'd sent was no where to be found. "Abuela!"he said, "Where is the photo of El Commandante? You should take down this picture of Jesus and replace it with Fidel. He is the only one who can save us, not some long haired Jew!" "Look young man," she said "The photo of your so called leader is in the back room facedown with a glass of water over it." Placing a photograph facedown meant "rest in peace" in this case expressing a with that fidel would die. It was about as antirevolutionary a statement as one could make. And the glass of water with no flowers in it meant no one would miss Fidel if he died. Peruchito turned and walked out of the house, never to return. We wondered if he would report his grandmother, but nothing ever came of the incident.
Eduardo's father applied for an exit visa from the government in 1966. The Calcines family endured many taunts and abuse for this act.Eduardo's father was forced to work in the cane fields. Leaving Glorytown is very good by the time the Calcines family boards the plane for America you feel their loss, hope and excitement. Leaving GloryTown fills an important void, there aren' t many books about Castro and Cuba for young readers. Ages 10up
Leaving GloryTown will be released on March 31