Cuba, Adiós by Lorenzo Pablo Martínez is available in paperback and as a Kindle book. Between 1960 and 1962 more than 14,000 Cuban children escaped Fidel Castro’s communist regime as part of an airlift known as Operación Pedro Pan. Lorenzo Pablo Martínez was one of those children. In CUBA, ADIÓS: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom, Martínez recounts his participation in a program that bridged two different cultures and achieved great political significance over the years. At eighteen, he forfeits a musical scholarship to Prague to accept an unknown future in America without knowing the language, money to pursue an education, or family to help. Plagued by guilt over his sexual identity and having to care for a younger brother, Martínez forges ahead to become the composer of his future. CUBA, ADIÓS is a poignant, thoughtful account of one boy’s survival and self-acceptance written with unflinching honesty and a wry humor. Readers have called it: “a tour de force.” the use of music as metaphor is very effective. ” “It reads like a symphony.”
About the Author:
Lorenzo Pablo Martínez
Hailing from Cuba, Lorenzo Pablo Martínez holds a master's in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Columbia University/Teachers College. Martínez has appeared in recitals on radio and television, and his musical compositions have been performed nationally and at international festivals. The television show "Captain Kangaroo" featured some of his works, and for "Group Soup," a children's book published by Viking, he contributed the title song. In addition, a book of his children's songs, "The Circus," was published by Clarus Music, Ltd. Martínez translated into Spanish all twelve episodes of "The Second Voyage of the Mimi," produced by Bank Street College of Education for PBS. Beside his recent memoir, Cuba, Adiós, Martínez wrote a children's picture book, " The Ballerina and the Peanut Butter Sandwich, " which was published by X-Libris. Martínez is working on a second Memoir, a master novel for young adults, and a series of bilingual stories for children. Recently, he was named Executive Director of the Houston Chamber Choir, a group of that has achieved critical acclaim nationally and abroad; he also joined the board of directors of WriteSpace, a Houston-based non-profit created by writers for writers.