When I was in college, I read Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban and really loved it, so when I saw Monkey Hunting at the library I thought “why not?”
Garcia’s style has always been well-written, and Monkey Hunting does not disappoint. Garcia weaves a story that connects multiple generations in many lands to one family, one story. She shows the change in China, Havana and New York, as the slow and steady march of time and has large, global events affect the family in very human ways. Their quiet acts of loving sacrifice play against some grand geo-political events and give a voice to a group that isn’t often part of the grander social narrative.
If I had some caveat (and of course I do) it that it is too short. Garcia has a trim novel, but there were a few times when I found myself flipping back to catch up on who was who. I would have liked more about each of the more ‘minor’ characters!