Book Review: The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom

"The Surrender Tree," written by Margarita Engle.The Surrender Tree is a unique novel, both for its content and its style.  It tells the story of an often overlooked or overshadowed period in early Cuban history when the country was embroiled in three different wars for independence between 1868-1898.  In an unexpected move, the author, Margarita Engle, chooses to tell the story in verse form.  Now, I have to admit to some hesitancy and a little bit of dread when I realized the novel was written in free verse.  Yet, I was captivated by the story almost immediately, finishing it in an afternoon. Continue reading