From 1960 to 1962, 14,048 Cuban minors arrived in Miami. María de los Angeles Torres was six years old when she took part in this massive airlift-now known as Operation Pedro Pan-in which parents, terrified that the new communist government would ship their children to Soviet work camps, sent them instead to America. Torres examines the event from both a historical and a personal perspective. This ‘relentless investigator of history’ (Miami Herald) forces declassification of key documents, challenging us all finally to come to terms with this pivotal yet largely neglected exodus.
Paperback | $27.00
Published by Beacon Press Aug 15, 2004| 344 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780807002339
‘Although there are many books by and about the Pedro Pans, The Lost Apple is one of the best. Torres manages to keep a healthy historical balance in a tricky political landscape, never losing her footing along the way . . . The Lost Apple moves along like a good novel [and] Torres even makes politics come alive.’–Susan Fernandez, Miami Herald
‘A thoughtful, balanced addition to the frequently contentious scholarship on U.S.-Cuban history.’–Kirkus Reviews
‘Deeply felt and impressively researched, The Lost Apple undertakes the difficult work of reconciliation-between parents and children, exiles and revolutionaries, the Cuba of yesterday and the Cuba of today.’–Gustavo PÈrez Firmat, author of Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way