Next Year in Cuba: A Cubano's Coming of Age

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Next year in Cuba: a Cuban emigre's coming of age in America

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This is a touching, personal account of a young Cuban's departure from his native country and his assimilation of American culture and values, including marriage to an American, raising an American ... Read full review

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Born in Cuba Made in the USA
xi
The Past Is a Foreign Country
3
A Crash Course in Americana
27
Mooning over Miami
39
On the Corner of Paula and San Ignacio
65
Domino Theory Canasta Klatch
91
The Ghosts of Nochebuenas Past
115
Billita Who Am I?
129
The Gusano as Bookworm
145
Love in a Foreign Language
161
Ricky Ricardo with a PhD
175
Earth to Papi Earth to Papi
187
This Must Be the Place
207
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Page xix - Havana — they are as Cuban today as they were when they got off the ferry in October 1960. My children, who were born in this country of Cuban parents and in whom I have tried to inculcate some sort of cubania, are American through and through. They can be "saved" from their Americanness no more than my parents can be "saved
Page xviii - ... sustained us for over thirty years. Exile is disconcerting, but after three decades the possibility of return may be more disconcerting still. What happens to the exile who can go back but who decides not to? What does he become then, a post-exile? An ex-exile? After the demise of the Cuban Revolution, the question of what it means to be Cuban in America will become more rather than less urgent. I write out of the need to puzzle out what it means to be a Cuban man living in the United States...

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