Next Year in Cuba: A Cubano's Coming-Of-Age in America

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Anchor Books, 1995 - Social Science - 274 pages
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Gustavo Perez Firmat arrived in America with his family at the age of eleven. Victims of Castro's revolution, the Perez family put their life on hold, waiting for Castro's fall. Each Christmas, along with other Cuban families in the neighborhood, they celebrated with the cry, "Next Year in Cuba." Growing up in the Dade County school system, and graduating from college in Florida, Perez Firmat was insulated from America by the nurturing sights and sounds of Little Havana. It wasn't until he left home to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan that he realized, as the Cuba of his birth receded farther into the past, he had become no longer wholly Cubano, but increasingly a man of two heritages and two countries. In a searing memoir of a family torn apart by exile, Perez Firmat chronicles the painful search for roots that has come to dominate his adult life.

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Firmat earned his Ph.D. in comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and taught at Duke University from 1979 to 1999. He is currently the David Feinson Professor of Humanities at Columbia University.

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