In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd (2001) From Library Journal This delightfully rich collection of interrelated short stories focuses on Cuban immigrants in Miami. The title story, also featured in the 2001 Pushcart Prize anthology, tells of four elderly men playing dominoes and talking about their past mostly apocryphal glories, while an Anglo tourist, dressed in pink, snaps photographs. In "The Perfect Fruit," the reader almost inhales the overripe bananas a middle-aged woman cooks night and day in her battle to conquer the fruits she sees inundating her home and her sanity. The 11 stories in this author's first collection focus on family relationships and immigrants' nostalgia for a past beyond recovery; the moods proceed from light, playful, and humorous to dark, passionate, and frantic. Menendez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, grew up in Miami and has worked as a journalist there and in southern California. Highly recommended for all libraries. - Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, OR Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.