How to Leave Hialeah

How to Leave Hialeah

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United in their fierce sense of place and infused with the fading echoes of a lost homeland, the stories in Jennine Capo Crucet's striking debut collection do for Miami what Edward P. Jones does for Washington, D.C., and what James Joyce did for Dublin: they expand our ideas and our expectations of the city by exposing its tough but vulnerable underbelly. Crucet's writing has been shaped by the people and landscapes of South Florida and by the stories of Cuba told by her parents and abuelos. Her own stories are informed by her experiences as a Cuban American woman living within and without her community, ready to leave and ready to return, 'ready to mourn everything'. Coming to us from the predominantly Hispanic working-class neighborhoods of Hialeah, the voices of this steamy section of Miami shout out to us from rowdy all-night funerals and kitchens full of platanos and croquetas and lechon ribs, from domino tables and cigar factories, glitter-purple Buicks and handed-down Mom Rides, private homes of santeras and fights on front lawns. Calling to us from crowded expressways and canals underneath abandoned overpasses shading a city's secrets, these voices are the heart of Miami, and in this award-winning collection Jennine Capo Crucet makes them sing.
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9781587298165
1587298163
Call Number: FICTION CRUCET 2009
Characteristics: 169 pages ; 24 cm

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The beautifully scripted and funny stories in this collection vividly sketch out the daily travails, agonies, and tenacity of working-class families as they wrestle with a world that is no longer “Cuban” or quintessential “American” but a hyphenated one, Cuban-American.


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