Ernesto Mestre-Reed was born in Guantanamo, Cuba, in 1964. His family emigrated to Madrid, Spain, in 1972 and later that year to Miami, Florida. He is the author of the novel The Lazarus Rumba, teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"A powerful, funny, resonant tale of one extraordinary woman and
the many lives she graces and ruins. Unica Aveyano is as poignant
and compelling and concentratedly Cubana as they come. She is
mother to us all."-Cristina Garcia, author of Monkey Hunting
and Dreaming in Cuban
"Poetic and daring. . . . Mestre-Reed is a masterful observer." -Francisco Goldman, author of The Ordinary Seaman
"Beneath the surface of Mestre-Reed's prose there is a turbulent exchange between flesh and spirit, between free will and the caprice of fate. The Second Death of Unica Aveyano unfolds like a dream, charged by lust and by sorrow, and fraught with the perils of an ulterior logic." -David Hollander, author of L.I.E.