[free Read] Leaving Little Havana A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto ✓ Cecilia M. Fernandez

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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 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 abusive boyfriend and Little Havana itself the name for Miami s Cuban ghetto so that she could build a future for herself The most valuable thing I took away from her story was her recognition of the power of reading stories and education as the keys to freedom from oppression in all of its forms However as empowering and honest as her story was I had trouble relating to the narrator at times because she was so very cruel First before leaving Havana she singles out a weak and insecure boy Guillermito whose passivity reminds her of her mother which makes her so angry that she simply wanted to humiliate him 34 She then berates him and makes up lies about him until he is reduced to a sniveling groveling mess Second in Miami she points an accusing finger also a lie at an African American girl Laverne at her school who is supposedly her friend She admits the shame and guilt she feels for singling out Laverne to save her own hide especially given the racism of the early 1960s but then she proceeds to continue her mean behavior by reducing a substitute teacher to tears in a later chapter I understand that Fernandez is showing her younger self to have been severely wounded by her father s neglect and the dramatic changes in her life due to her move to the US but one theme of this story is about taking responsibility for our actions good and bad and also about fighting injustice She is often the agent of injustice just like her father whom she despises and it was hard to like her Even later in the book Fernandez reveals that her father s mistress Beba Cecilia s nemesis in many ways is part black as if that is a reason to dislike Beba and her father than she already does This seemed like a superfluous detail one that showed the narrator s growth and redemption to be somewhat limited I don t always expect or need to like the narrators of the books I read but at least with fiction I can take comfort in the fact that it is fiction I suppose I saw her unsympathetic ualities as a failure of ethos in the telling her story This book was however educational about Cuba Miami and 1960s culture which I appreciated but at times I felt as though I were reading a history book or a travel guide Therefore I wasn t as dazzled as I expected to be by Leaving Little Havana nor did I look forward to going back to Fernandez s world when I was away from the book In my opinion good nonfiction should read like fiction like Dominika Dery s The Twelve Little Cakes a much engaging memoir of the same type and Leaving Little Havana did not Nonetheless there is a great deal of wisdom in these pages and I would recommend this book as bibliotherapy for anyone who struggles with a parent especially a father who feels alienated abandoned or insecure about his or her place in the world This memoir is a great guide to finding the true self in a mad world

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Leaving Little Havana A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto

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 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 forced to take jobs beneath them yet maintained their brightly painted white trimmed houses and their heritage of strong families Unfortunately the author s father was not of the same high caliber abandoning her and her mother for a luxurious life with his mistress Her unstable mother struggling with their bad living conditions stretching the meager allowance from her now wealthy ex apparently could do little to keep young head strong Cecilia away from random sex drug experimentation the many beckoning nightclubs of Miami Somehow after high school Cecilia crawled out of little Havana for a better life of her own choosing Perhaps she was like her father than she would admit Anyone who has had a Cuban friend should read this book Others should read it simply because it is the best most readable non boring memoir I have ever read Her dreams plans education and drive was all her own doing Survival I loved this book

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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


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 descriptions of her

  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” And they generally love people I find despicable like Nixon I find these perspectives lackin

  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 past the l

  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 revolutio

  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

  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

  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

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