Leaving Little Havana A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto (PDF Kindle ePUB) by Cecilia M. Fernandez – PDF & TXT

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Other 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 se. 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

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Leaving Little Havana A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto

Lf destruct in a new land How will Cecilia beat the oddsWhile 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 drea. 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 refugeeexile 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 leaving Cecilia to fend for herself in the new Cuban ghetto of Little Havana Heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time

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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 m. Full disclosure I don t really like reading books by Cuban exiles Firstly because I ve read uite a few but most importantly they usually lean way too right for my comfort I read one that was sure that Castro invented AIDS as a form of global warfare I read another that disliked MLK because racial euality is communist propaganda And they generally love people I find despicable like Nixon I find these perspectives lacking nuance and unwilling to acknowledge some of the serious issues that Cuba faced under Batista As a person who s always been poor and exploited it s hard for me to empathize with the wealthy people that fled BUT this book finally made me like a book by a Cuban exile It wasn t overly political but politics served as an important backdrop and this author treated it with the nuance and the balanced perspective that I always craved While she acknowledges and truthfully airs her family s fears struggles and biases she also has read Marx she cares about lower social classes she understands the effect of the US embargo and she notices things like that her old servant learned to read from the Cuban literacy campaign Therefore I m able to stomach it a little when she talks about her father s celebrations over the Kennedy and MLK murders I just trusted her and therefore felt empathy Politics aside I enjoyed the personal story in this the coming of age rebellion the struggle over a mentally ill mother and a philandering emotionally abusive father and of course the challenge to assimilate and financially succeed in America I read it very uickly because I found her short vignettes to be compelling snapshots of her journey to young adulthood She s a strong woman and I loved following her curiosity and uest for adventure


8 thoughts on “Leaving Little Havana A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto

  1. says:

    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 descript

  2. says:

    Full disclosure I don’t really like reading books by Cuban exiles Firstly because I’ve read uite a few but most importantly they usually lean way too right for my comfort I read one that was sure that Castro invented AIDS as a form of global warfare I read another that disliked MLK because “racial euality is communist propaganda” An

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 p

  5. says:

    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 rea

  6. says:

    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 refugeeexile story serves as background and setting for an insanely intense story about a family imploding Soon after a

  7. says:

    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 int

  8. says:

    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