Ana Menendez


Ana Menendez, the daughter of Cuban exiles, was born in Los Angeles. She is the author of three books of fiction: the novelLoving Che; the short story collection In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, which was a 2001 New York Times Notable book of the year and the title story of which won a Pushcart Prize; and her second novel, The Last War, which was published in May 2009 by HarperCollins.

Since 1991, Menendez has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, and has spent the last three years as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she has written about Cuba, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Republic, The New York Times, and Gourmet magazine, and has been included in several anthologies, including, Cubanisimo!, edited by Cristina Garcia; and American Food Writing, a Library of America anthology edited by Molly O’Neill.

Menendez has a BA in English from Florida International University and an MFA from New York University. She has taught at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, as a 2008–09 Fulbright Scholar.


A thought-provoking, humorous, sometimes dizzying collection . . . [with] graceful, poignant lyricism . . . A brilliant and inventive work: fractured, layered storytelling conveys the unsettling experience and shifting sense of indentity that exile brings. -The Huffington Post 

Dosed with parable, sentence by sentence the story disturbs and moves. -The New York Times