Dreaming in Cuban | Study Guide

Cristina García

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Timeline of Events

  • Spring 1934

    Celia Almeida (Celia del Pino) is heartbroken after a love affair with Gustavo Sierra de Armas.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • March 1935

    Celia marries Jorge del Pino.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • December 1936

    Jorge has put Celia in an asylum.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • Fall 1944

    A tidal wave destroys many homes in the village of Santa Teresa del Mar, Cuba.

    Part 1, Chapter 7
  • January 11, 1959

    Celia writes her final letter to Gustavo the day her granddaughter, Pilar Puente, is born.

    Part 3, Chapter 17
  • Early 1961

    Lourdes Puente suffers a miscarriage and is raped by a soldier of the revolution.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • Two months later

    Lourdes flees to New York City with her toddler, Pilar Puente.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • August 1966

    Felicia Villaverde tries to kill her husband, Hugo Villaverde, by lighting him on fire.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • April 17, 1972

    After his death in New York, Jorge appears to his wife, Celia, in Cuba.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • April 17, 1972

    Pilar takes a bus to Miami in an attempt to return to Cuba.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • The following week

    Celia devotes herself to the revolution and goes to work in the sugarcane fields.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • Early summer, 1972

    Lourdes begins to converse with her deceased father, Jorge.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • August 1972

    Felicia tries to kill herself and her son, Ivanito Villaverde.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • July 4, 1976

    Lourdes physically protects Pilar's subversive Statue of Liberty painting.

    Part 2, Chapter 9
  • Late 1979

    Jorge speaks with Lourdes for the last time and urges her to return to Cuba.

    Part 2, Chapter 14
  • Early 1980

    After a sexual assault, Pilar receives visionary powers and decides to return to Cuba.

    Part 2, Chapter 14
  • Early 1980

    Felicia dies after being initiated into Santeria.

    Part 2, Chapter 13
  • April 1980

    Pilar and Lourdes visit Cuba. Lourdes puts Ivanito on a plane to escape the country.

    Part 3, Chapter 16

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 In April 1972, 11 years after the Bay of Pigs invasion, middle-aged Celia del Pino sits on her front porch in Santa Tere... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 This chapter's third-person narration follows the perspective of Lourdes Puente, the oldest daughter of Celia del Pino, ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 In the spring of 1934, Celia del Pino had a brief, intense love affair with a Spaniard, Gustavo Sierra de Armas. When he... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 This chapter presents a series of unsent letters written by Celia del Pino to her Spanish lover, Gustavo Sierra de Armas... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 Pilar Puente, narrating in the first person, arrives in Miami in April 1972. She goes to find a cousin she hopes will he... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 The third-person narrator follows the perspective of Felicia Villaverde, who is often seized with "delusions" that consi... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 This chapter consists of the unsent letters written by Celia del Pino to her former lover, Gustavo Sierra de Armas, betw... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 A third-person narrator follows the perspective of Felicia del Pino (Felicia Villaverde) in October 1974. After her atte... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 9 A third-person narrator follows the perspective of Lourdes Puente in 1975. She has become an auxiliary policewoman in he... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 10 Ivanito Villaverde narrates in first person. In school, his facility with language and photographic memory have earned h... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 11 This chapter presents a series of unsent letters written by Celia del Pino to Gustavo Sierra de Armas between February 1... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 12 The third-person narration follows the perspective of Lourdes Puentes in 1977. Her daughter, Pilar, whom Lourdes conside... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 13 Herminia Delgado narrates in the first person from the year 1980. When she met her best friend, Felicia Villaverde, at a... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 14 The third-person narration follows the perspective of Lourdes Puente in the fall of 1979. Her deceased father, Jorge del... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 15 This chapter is a series of unsent letters written by Celia del Pino to her Spanish lover, Gustavo Sierra de Armas, from... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 16 Lourdes and Pilar Puente arrive in Cuba in April 1980, right after Felicia Villaverde's burial. Lourdes is outraged by n... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 17 Celia del Pino's final letter is dated January 11, 1959, the day of Pilar Puente's birth and 11 days after the revolutio... Read More
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