Mylene Fernández Pintado is the author of two novels and four books of stories, all originally published in Cuba. Her narrative obsessions revolve around the stories we tell ourselves to justify our actions: infidelity, promises not kept, or why we live in a country that’s cold and alienating instead of the homeland that we so painfully miss. Her most recent novel, La esquina del mundo, was published in English translation by City Lights Books as A Corner of the World (2014). Her short stories appear in anthologies in Cuba and abroad, and have been translated into English, French, Italian and German. She lives between Havana and Lugano, Switzerland. “Libiamo” is from her most recent story collection, 4 Non Blondes, published in Santiago de Cuba in 2013.