Make your Home Among Strangers

Make your Home Among Strangers

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college. Her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami, and amid a painful divorce, her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and older sister, a newly single moḿ04without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live.Amidst this turmoil, Lizet begins college, but the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign to her, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns home for a Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family. Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with hard decisions that will change her life forever. Her urgent, mordantly funny voice leaps off the page to tell this moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; Make Your Home Among Strangers is the new story of what it means to be American today.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2015]
Edition: First editon
ISBN: 9781466865044
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brangwinn
Oct 26, 2015

This story is so poignant I wonder if the author took this story from her own life. Creating a Cuban- American girl who went to an academically low-achieving high school yet managed to get into a challenging college program far from her home in Miami sounds like a Cinderella story. Perhaps it is except there were more impediments to success than a wicked stepmother. Rich white college classmates, a tough boy Miami boyfriend, divorced parents, an unmarried sister with a baby, and a mother who gets too emotionally tied to the Elian Gonzalez story and nearly being kicked out of college her first semester because of plagiarism, make Lizet a most engaging and memorable protagonist. I was despairing her choices 3/4th of the way through, but spunky, original Lizet proved me wrong! Hurray. I agree with several other reviewers. This is a must-read book.

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