Monkey Hunting The author of Dreaming in Cuban begins with the promise of an epic. After all, only a full-blown saga would open with a family tree… Monkey Hunting The author of Dreaming in Cuban begins with the promise of an epic. After all, only a full-blown saga would open with a family tree… 2003-04-15 Fiction
Book Review

MONKEY HUNTING (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Apr 15, 2003; Writer: Cristina Garcia; Genre: Fiction

The author of Dreaming in Cuban begins with the promise of an epic. After all, only a full-blown saga would open with a family tree to help readers keep all the characters straight; only an enormously ambitious tale would span a century, interweaving the lives of a Chinese emigre in Cuba rising from slavery to riches, his forgotten granddaughter (raised as a boy in China), and his great-grandson, serving in the Vietnam War. But while Hunting is imaginative and well-written, Garcia allows herself only 251 pages to tell her story, which makes this feel less like a big, important novel than a beautifully rendered outline for one.

Originally posted May 02, 2003 Published in issue #708 May 02, 2003 Order article reprints