A dictator takes over an island, spurring an exodus of a million, including a philandering physician, who flees for his life, hoping to rebuild a career that promises wealth and freedom from the past. His wife follows, spiraling into madness, trying to get him back. Their young daughter tags along — torn between her parents’ obsessions – seeking love, attention and a place of her own in an America going through its own social convulsions. Will she beat the odds in a strange land?
Find out in Cecilia M. Fernandez’s new book Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto. Cecilia’s book, a finalist at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Book Contest, examines life in a foreign country in the same way as DON’T LET’S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT by Alexandra Fuller and ‘TIS by Frank McCourt. Her memoir takes a look at how immigrant children either survive or self-destruct in a new land they must eventually make theirs.
While many memoirs by Cuban-Americans, such as SPARED ANGOLA by Virgil Suarez and WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA by Carlos Eire, revolve around childhood scenes in Cuba and explore the experiences of a boy, this book is the first to focus on the journey of a Cuban girl growing up in America, struggling to survive her father’s abandonment and her mother’s insanity, fighting to clear a path to her dream.
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