"The truest book about maternal fortitude and devotion that I have ever read, one that deserves celebration" 


Set in one of Miami’s most Cuban neighborhoods, three generations of women face an unexpected — and ultimately life-changing — trial when one of them gives birth to a handicapped child. Poetic and poignant, spiritual and deeply human, The Chin Kiss King explores the resiliency of mothers, the power of love, the hopefulness of redemption, and the meaning of faith in an unforgettable tale of family and the ties that bind. The perfect Mother's Day gift.

'Sweet and tart'  - Times Book Review

'A powerful and haunting story'  - Boston Globe
'Luminously written' - Kirkus Review


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Ana Veciana-Suarez is a syndicated columnist for the Tribune Content Agency and author of several books, including the young adult novel, Flight to Freedom. She also has written a collection of essays, Birthday Parties in Heaven: Thoughts on Life, Love, Grief, and Other Matters of the Heart. A previous book, The Chin Kiss King, was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC Award, an international competition in Dublin. In 2019 she won a Cintas Fellowship for Creative Writing for her novel-in-progress. 


Two of her nonfiction books about the Hispanic media were published by the The Media Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C. Her commentary has been included in several anthologies, and it also has appeared in Reader's Digest, O Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Washington Post Magazine, Parenting, and Latina.


A summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Florida, she has worked at The Miami Herald, The Miami News and The Palm Beach Post as education reporter, features writer, projects writer, and editor.

As a journalist, Ana has received several awards for her commentary and feature writing. In addition to the Cintas, she  has received a $5,000 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the state of Florida for fiction writing.

Ana immigrated to Miami at the age of six and lives there with her husband, David Freundlich. She likes to say that her adult children have taught her immeasurable humility.

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"Veciana-Suarez is a sensitive writer with an ear for the intonations of bilingual speech and an eye for bicultural nuance."

 Chin Kiss King - "Beautiful beautiful beautiful. I read this nearly 20 years ago and still remember it. A book about life, love, pain, mothers, women and letting go. Tissues necessary. And a highlighter for the chapter on Cuca’s 8 life lessons. I loved her scenes the most..."

Flight to Freedom - "Yara’s depiction of her and her family’s plight in Cuba and their gradual coming to terms with and adjustment to a very different language and lifestyle in America is credible, absorbing, and uplifting."

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