(From Simon and Schuster:)
As long as Fidel Castro was in power, Carlos Frías’ father vowed that no one in his family would ever visit to Cuba, the island country he left forty years ago.
But when Castro falls ill, Frías — an award-winning journalist and the American-born son of Cuban exiles — ask permission to see the country for himself.
Sent to Cuba by his newspaper as the country began closing to foreign reporters in August 2006, Frías begins the secret journey of a lifetime — 12 days in the land of his parents. Written through the eyes of a journalist, “Take Me With You” provides a fresh view of Cuba, devoid of overt political commentary, focusing instead on the gritty, tangible lives of the people in Cuba today. Along the way, he attempts to reconstruct what the past was like for his parents, retracing their footsteps, searching for his roots — and exploring the unexpected ripples his visit casts on his family on either side of the Florida Straits.