Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto by Cecilia M. Fernandez

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

By Cecilia M. Fernandez

  • Publication Date: 2013-11-28
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Book Summary

Revolution uprooted six-year-old Cecilia from her comfortable middle-class Cuban home and dropped her into the low-income neighborhood of Miami’s Little Havana.

Her philandering father focused on 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 culture and embraced the 1960s counter-culture - seeking love, attention and 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 own American Dream.

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