The Art of White Roses

by Viviana Prado-Núñez

ISBN: 9781999776824
2018, Paperback, £7.99
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Viviana Prado-Núñez won the Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature (2017) for this breathtaking first novel set in Cuba.

It is 1957, in a quiet Havana suburb. Adela Santiago is thirteen and lives in a small blue house with her family. But something is amiss. Students on her street are disappearing, her parents’ marriage seems to be disintegrating and a cousin is caught up in a bombing at a luxury hotel. Welcome to the revolution. Welcome to Cuba.

A gorgeously written story, full of nuance, sadness, and the joy of growing up. A terrific debut from an exciting new voice in young people’s literature.

Daniel José Older, author of the award-winning YA series “The Shadowshaper Cypher”.

For a young woman’s debut novel, Viviana Prado-Núñez writes with assurance, eloquence and beauty.

Jamila Gavin, author of “Coram Boy”, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Children’s Book of the Year

Love this debut novel from a talented new writer – superbly crafted, engaging and warm hearted coming of age tale set in Cuba 1958. Thank you Papillote Press for sending this on. It’s fantastic.

Bali Rai, YA author of YA novels, including The Crew and Rani & Sukh

The Art of White Roses is a poet, poignant depiction of Caribbean life by an emerging voice I know we will continue to read.

David Tomas Martinez, poet and teacher