|Born in October of 1955, in
Cienfuegos, Cuba, in the barrio traditionally known as Glorytown,
the firstborn child of a truck driver and homemaker, Eduardo Calcines
childhood was abruptly interupted by Fidel Castros governmental takeover.
Soon after the takeover, the dark side of the man who had promised equality
and representative democracy to the people of Cuba began to reveal itself.
Communism dug its roots deep into the island nation. The horror of dissidents'
imprisonment and death at the hands of the new totalitarian government became
commonplace. Calcines was profoundly scarred by uncontrollable conditions
brought upon him and his entire family, dissidents themselves.
|From an early age, Calcines
became rebellious against the oppression and injustice wielded by Castros
|His childhood became
a mix of real-world turmoil and a fantasy life he had created for himself
on the roof of his grandparents home; the rooftop escape among branches
of the avocado tree, high above the roosters, chickens and worries of daily
life. At 14 years old, Calcines, along with his father, mother and
sister, finally escaped Castros gulag for a better life
in the United States of America. After a 5 year stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
the Calcines family moved south to Tampa, Florida, where he currently resides
with his own family. A successful businessman of over 30 years, Calcines
finally decided to tell the story of his childhood in Communist Cuba and
wrote his gripping memoir Leaving Glorytown: One Boys Struggle
Under Castro. His humorous and enthralling story-telling ability breathes
life into the characters and anecdotes that shaped his childhood experiences
in Glorytown. This same story-telling ability will lead to follow-up books
about coming-of-age as an immigrant in a new culture and later becoming an
adult, while dealing with the pain of leaving his family and coming to terms
with his blinding hatred of Castro.