We are so very excited to be working with Chanel Cleeton again!
Held on Crowdcast, this event will feature an interview and Q&A with Chanel.
Chanel Cleeton’s bestselling novel and Reese’s Book Club pick Next Year in Havana transported readers to a Cuba on the brink of revolution. This summer travel further back in time to 1930s Key West where the lives of three women intersect as they prepare for the arrival of the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, the first Category 5 storm to hit the U.S.
THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST, Chanel Cleeton’s follow-up to last year’s New York Times bestseller When We Left Cuba, is now available to pre-order.
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About the book:
The Last Train to Key West delves further into the past and revisits the Perez family. Cleeton’s latest is set against the backdrop of the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the U.S.: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, a storm so intense that it remains one of the three worst Atlantic hurricanes on record.
On Key West—located just 90 miles from Cuba, and 130 miles from Miami—three women are brought together by Flagler’s Railroad. A marvel of early 20th Century ingenuity and ambition, this feat of engineering brought tourism to the island once isolated from the mainland of the United States. Helen Berner, pregnant and living in a run-down shack, serves tourists and locals coffee and key lime pie in a diner every day—but is trapped in an abusive marriage and yearns to escape what she once thought of as paradise. Mirta Perez has just married a notorious American, a relative stranger to her, in an arranged partnership in Havana. As they honeymoon in Key West before boarding the train to New York, she learns that her new husband’s illicit business interests might be as threatening to her life as the looming storm. Elizabeth Preston arrives in Key West from New York to save her family from the financial trouble brought on by the Wall Street crash. There, her search for a loved one amongst the veterans’ camps of the recent Great War leads her to an unlikely ally.
The women unexpectedly cross paths as the storm grows and heads straight for the Keys over Labor Day weekend. Also in the path of destruction is the Gilded Age monument to progress—the railroad—that the hurricane threatens to destroy with everything else. When the sky clears, these women will be bonded forever and filled with a newfound appreciation for life and love.
About the author:
Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England, where she earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London, and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.