• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (June 29, 2010)
Photojournalist Flash chases conflicts around the globe with her war correspondent husband, Brando. Now Brando is in Iraq awaiting her arrival, but instead of racing to join him, Flash idles in Istanbul, vaguely aware that her marriage is faltering. Her malaise is compounded by the arrival of a mysterious letter revealing Brando’s infidelity—and by the sudden appearance of Alexandra, a fierce and captivating colleague who shared dangerous days with the couple in Afghanistan. As Flash spirals deeper into regret, anger, and indecision, she wonders if she and Brando were ever really happy—as she’s forced to confront long-buried secrets and hard truths about her world, her marriage, her husband, and herself.
Ana Menendez, the daughter of Cuban exiles, was born in Los Angeles. She is the author of three books of fiction: the novel Loving Che; the short story collection In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, which was a 2001 New York Times Notable book of the year and the title story of which won a Pushcart Prize; and her second novel, The Last War, which was published in May 2009 by Harper in hardcover and will be published in summer 2010 in paperback by Harper Perennial.
Since 1991, Menendez has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, and has spent the last three years as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she has written about Cuba, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Republic, The New York Times, and Gourmet magazine, and has been included in several anthologies, including Cubanisimo!, edited by Cristina Garcia; and American Food Writing, a Library of America anthology edited by Molly O’Neill.
Menendez has a BA in English from Florida International University and an MFA from New York University. She is currently teaching at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, as a 2008–09 Fulbright Scholar.
Ana’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Tuesday, July 27th: nomadreader
Wednesday, July 28th: Lisa’s Yarns
Thursday, July 29th: The Lost Entwife
Tuesday, August 3rd: Amy Reads
Thursday, August 5th: Bibliofreak
Thursday, August 12th: A Buckeye Girl Reads
Monday, August 16th: Lit and Life
Tuesday, August 17th: Daydream Believer
Monday, August 23rd: Dreadlock Girl Reads
Wednesday, August 25th: Rundpinne
Wednesday, September 1: Booksie’s Blog