I thought this would be a tell-all book about Julio Lobo, who made, and lost, his fortune during the sugar heyday in Cuba before the reign of Castro. While Lobo is interweaved into the book, the author focuses on the history of Cuba before and after Castro.
This is the story of the inventor, Edward Muybridge, who invented the first moving pictures, and the tycoon, Leland Stanford, who built the railroad in California. Both were unlikely friends at the time the west was wild and fortunes could be made over night. Stanford was a governor, senator and robber baron. Muybridge was a photographer who was famous for his pictures as well as murdering his wife's lover.
The only novel from Alice Munro-award-winning author of The Love of a Good Woman--is an insightful, honest book, "autobiographical in form but not in fact," that chronicles a young girl's growing up in rural Ontario in the 1940's