"If you're Cuban-American, his story is yours. And if you're not
Cuban-American, perhaps there's even more reason to dive into this
honest insider's guide to the Cuban experience."
— Lydia Martin, The Miami Herald. Click here for the full review.
"It wouldn't matter if Frías was Irish or Italian or Martian. This is a
compelling story about family. In its way, it's reminiscent of Rick
Bragg's book about his mother, All Over but the Shoutin'. Like that book, it's a great story, well told. Frías's writing is elegant."
— William McKeen, Creative Loafing. Click here for the full review.
"A poignant personal journey in a superb debut book.... Frías spares no excruciating detail about his 12-day stay in the forbidden place of his ancestry."
"Frías' writing is emotional, his descriptions fresh. He provides telling details about the clothes, food and poverty of the Cuban people, the lack of amenities that almost all North Americans take for granted, the ancient cars nursed along year after year, the pervasive fear he senses in those he interviews."
"Frias is a good reporter, with an eye for dramatic moments — and dramatic moments are hardly in short supply in Cuba."
— The St. Petersburg Times. Click here for the full review.
"Grade: B+. Frías' story is one of an ordinary family shaped by extraordinarily sad and unusual events. He skillfully weaves politics and Cuban culture into intimate family tales, and even uncovers family secrets."
"His very moving book, 'Take Me With You,' reinforces my
sense that by far the most enduring legacy of the Cuban revolution 50 years ago
is the divided family.”