“A remarkable and timely memoir.”

With warmth, humor, and endless compassion, Elena Schwolsky has created a remarkable and timely memoir. Waking In Havana brings us intimately along Schwolsky’s path to healing from her husband Clarence’s death from AIDS, which winds right through the unforgettable world of a 1990s Cuban AIDS sanitarium. This book reinforces the importance of the stories of people that society too often cast aside — not just to prevent others from dehumanizing the most vulnerable, but because of how much all of us gain through connecting to each other.

                                    Aaron Zimmerman, Executive Director of the NY Writers
Coalition and author of “by the time you read this, you might be dead”