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

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

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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.

ISBN: 9781940761046

ISBN-10: 9781940761046

Publisher: Beating Windward Press LLC

Publication Date: 01/07/2014 - 12:00am

On Sale: 12/02/2013 - 12:00am

Pages: 266

Language: English

Categories

Personal Memoirs

Caribbean & West Indies - Cuba

Ethnic Studies - American - Hispanic American Studies