A Time in Ybor City
By Ron Kase
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An extraordinarily beautiful mixed-race woman travels through the 1930s from the Prohibition era to the dawn of World War II, moving from domestic servant to mistress of a wealthy industrialist and on to a loving relationship with maestro George Gershwin while he completes the operatic masterpiece ?Porgy and Bess.? Filled with the history of Tampa's exotic Ybor City, the home of Cuban culture in America, readers are introduced to the place and the people that produced legendary handmade clear Havana cigars for a half century. The novel also provides a perspective on the awakening of America's sexuality, glamorous old Havana, the post-Prohibition rise of organized crime and the historic uncertainties of Cuban-American relations.