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Ana Menendez, the daughter of Cuban exiles, was born in Los Angeles. She is the author of the novel "Loving Che" and the short story collection "In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd," which was a 2001 New York Times Notable Book of the year; its title story won a Pushcart Prize. Her second novel is "The Last War" (2009). Since 1991 Menendez has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, including 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.

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Ana Menendez