A reviewer for the St. Petersburg Times described Fabiola Santiago's Reclaiming Paris as "an astonishingly good book, filled with wisdom and great eroticism.'' He also warned that readers might need a cold shower. Santiago is fine with that, but she adds, "The sex in my novel . . . is oftentimes about power — who has it, who doesn't, who wants it.'' Santiago, a writer and editor for the Miami Herald since 1980, shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the federal seizure of Elian Gonzalez. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, she came to the United States in 1969 on one of the Freedom Flights. Santiago, 50, will be a featured author at Saturday's Times Festival of Reading.
What is on your nightstand?
Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn. Gellhorn was a foreign correspondent and Ernest Hemingway's third wife.
Were you interested in Hemingway?
Actually, I'm not interested in Hemingway. . . . I knew about Hemingway, of course. He is a product of American mythmaking that works so well with male figures. As a journalist, I see how (journalism) has been a "malecentric" world. We were not exposed to women like Martha Gellhorn. We knew her as Hemingway's wife and not even "the'' wife, just one of the wives. I enjoyed her writing and her wit. She has a sardonic humor from the title of her accounts of travel with the person she calls "another,'' which of course is Ernest Hemingway. That's how I came to know she was both a war correspondent, a journalist, a travel writer; she's a multifaceted woman who is just now becoming better known.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer