Latina Instinct. By Michel Estrada. Translated by Robert Nasatir. ISBN: 978-0-915745-71-5. $24.95.
In Michel Estrada's Latina Instinct, Carmen leaves her modest life in rural Pinar del Río to attend the University of Havana. When she gets there, she confronts the harsh reality of contemporary Cuban life. Latina Instinct is an exceptional document of daily life in today's Havana, faithfully recording the challenging existence of university students struggling to make the grade. Before she can learn from her trials, Carmen must mature amidst the dangerous and complex streets of Havana.
The first honest and riveting glance to present-day Cuban urban life. Carmen changes from an innocent country girl thrown into the big city to an experienced and savvy young woman equipped to face the cruel challenges of present-day Cuba.