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Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami's Cuban Ghetto #2020

Leaving Little Havana A Memoir of Miami s Cuban Ghetto Literary Nonfiction Latino Latina Studies Women s Studies Revolution uprooted six year old Cecilia from her comfortable middle class Cuban home and dropped her into the low income Miami neighborhood o

  • Title: Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami's Cuban Ghetto
  • Author: Cecilia M. Fernandez
  • ISBN: 9781940761046
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami's Cuban Ghetto By Cecilia M. Fernandez, Literary Nonfiction Latino Latina Studies Women s Studies Revolution uprooted six year old Cecilia from her comfortable middle class Cuban home and dropped her into the low income Miami neighborhood of Little Havana Her philandering father all but abandoned his family to focus on his mistress and rebuilding his career, chasing the American promise of wealth and freedomLiterary Nonfiction Latino Latina Studies Women s Studies Revolution uprooted six year old Cecilia from her comfortable middle class Cuban home and dropped her into the low income Miami neighborhood of Little Havana Her philandering father all but abandoned his family to focus on his mistress and rebuilding his career, chasing the American promise of wealth and freedom from the past Her mother spiraled into madness trying to hold the family together and get him back Neglected and trapped, Cecilia rebelled against her conservative heritage and embraced the 1960s counter culture, seeking love and attention anywhere she could get it And just maybe a place of her own in America But immigrant children either thrive or self destruct in a new land How will Cecilia beat the odds While most memoirs by Cuban Americans revolve around childhood scenes in Cuba and explore the experiences of a young man, LEAVING LITTLE HAVANA is the first refugee memoir to focus on a Cuban girl growing up in America, rising above the obstacles and clearing a path to her dream LEAVING LITTLE HAVANA is the compelling story of a Cuban girl seeking a new life in the U.S with her family as the Cuban revolution unfolds in the early sixties Cecilita s personal account, and sexual awakening, is transparent, sad, and triumphant, sprinkled with anecdotes of an emerging Cuban American landscape In short, this book is a colorful reminiscence of historical scenes on both sides of the Straits of Florida, providing closure to a Cuban American journalist coming to terms with her turbulent past Guarione M Diaz LEAVING LITTLE HAVANA is a candid, touching, and engaging memoir of a young Cuban exile s coming of age Cecilia Fernandez writes with passion and intensity, both of her missteps and her triumphs, casting fresh light on the American experience in the process Les Standiford Every so often along comes a book that seizes you by the collar and arrests you on the spot From page one, LEAVING LITTLE HAVANA is a brilliant, voice driven book that will make your heart skip a few beats My experience reading this book was similar to the first time I read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros when you instantly know you are reading a classic, a story so achingly beautiful and unforgettable you relish every last word as if it were the buzzing of a hummingbird at your lips feeding you honey This book is about family, about what happens to family in exile, about how people come into a great world of struggle and manage to get by and survive The author has a great gift for capturing that world known enclave of Miami we love and call Little Havana This might be the book that puts it on the literary map for good and forever Virgil Suarez

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    1. I won this book from GoodReads When I was a child, the same age as Cecilia, the book s author, my area of Florida welcomed the first wave of Cuban immigrants These few children spoke English, were friendly, polite, dutiful, and friendships fast ensued I never thought to ask them about the journey was too young to ask about the politics That is why I LOVED THIS BOOK I felt Cecilia s story I carefully read her descriptions of her life in Cuba and later I recall parents who didn t speak English, fo [...]

    2. I won this one in a good reads contest I really enjoy this one It was just such an interesting read This memoir was totally immersive It really sucks you in It was such an interesting book that gave me a look into a time that I did not know much about I also loved the writer style A really good read.

    3. Injustice and revenge, I once heard a professor say, motivate the writer They certainly fueled my fire, writes Cecilia Fernandez in Leaving Little Havana A Memoir of Miami s Cuban Ghetto There are many things to love about this memoir, one being Cecilia s drive and determination to assert her independence from her past the looming shadow of Fidel Castro over the Cuba of her childhood, the conservative tyranny of her distant and neglectful father, her mother s descent into poverty and madness, an [...]

    4. Reviewed by BelaA Latina Book ClubReview This book is a well written and vivid account of a young girl s coming of age during pre revolutionary Cuba The writer engulfs the reader in the rich, vibrant history and cultural traditions of Cuba Perhaps it was too involved with minute details that it almost read like a war documentary at times I also thought that it had too many characters and too much politics to hold my interest Can Cubans talk of nothing else but Castro Although witty and heart fel [...]

    5. This was an incredibly intense memoir Not only is it a great time capsule of 1960s and 1970s America and Miami, but it s a combination of a socio political memoir and family memoir The Cuban revolution and refugee exile story serves as background and setting for an insanely intense story about a family imploding Soon after arriving in the Miami, Cecilia s father abandons her and her mother to live with his mistress who he also got out of Cuba and her mother falls into depression and psychosis, l [...]

    6. This book reads like a novel although it is a memoir It is a wonderful coming of age, feminist, and history book all in one Fernandez presents not only the history of Cuba and the exile community in Miami, but gives the reader a look at her personal experience I highly recommend the book to anyone, especially women, who are interested or have experience with the Cuban exile community, especially first wave Cuban Americans.

    7. Cecilia Fernandez s writing is just the right amount of flowery and just the right amount of raw It s hard not to fall little bit in love with the rebellious and independent Cuban girl who s trying her damnedest to make it in a Miami that is going through a time of historical transformation Read this if you love memoirs, if you love South Florida and Cuba, or simply if you love a good story.

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