Synopses & Reviews
In the middle of a moonless night on a deserted beach east of Havana three men lash inner tubes together to make a flimsy raft they slide into the surf. Desperate to escape a society gone wrong, they risk an incredible journey across the more than ninety miles of treacherous waters that separate the island of Cuba from the Florida Keys.
In this powerful and lyrical novel, J. Joaquin Fraxedas has crafted an epic story of three courageous men, men willing to endure the hazards of the open sea, men caught in the mindless violence of a hurricane with noting to hang on to but an inner tube, men willing to die in their attempt to gain freedom.
Superbly written, The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera is profoundly moving tribute to one of the great tragedies of our time.
"Fraxedas tells a compelling, vividly human story." --Chicago Tribune
"This novel perfectly captures the pathos of Cuba. Highly recommended." --Library Journal
"Hauntingly lyrical. Highly accomplished. Finely wrought. Fraxedas forces us to look hard at ourselves and at our notions of courage. His lonely crossing is our own." --St. Petersburg Times
"A great novel...Fraxedas writes with Hemingway's economy and a marksman's eye for precisely the right details." --Charley Reese, King Syndicated Features, New York
In the middle of a moonless night on a beach near Havana, three men risk an incredible journey from Cuba to Florida. This powerful and lyrical novel tells an epic story of courageous men caught in the mindless violence of a hurricane--men willing to die to be free.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, J. Joaquín Fraxedas first established a distinguished career in civil trial practice, specializing in the trial of medical, products liability, and other complex cases, before concentrating exclusively on the practice of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He lives in Florida. The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera is his first novel.