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Memory Mambo A novel

Obejas, Achy

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ISBN 10: 1573440175 / ISBN 13: 9781573440172
Published by Cleis Press, Pittsburgh, PA, 1996
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249p., signed by the author, very good first edition trade paperback in creased pictorial wraps. Significant lesbian content. First novel by the Cubana American author. Bookseller Inventory # 198086

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Title: Memory Mambo A novel

Publisher: Cleis Press, Pittsburgh, PA

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Memory Mambo describes the life of Juani Casas, a 25-year-old Cuban-born American lesbian who manages her family's laundromat in Chicago while trying to cope with family, work, love, sex, and the weirdness of North American culture. Achy Obejas's writing is sharp and mordantly funny. She understands perfectly how the romance of exile—from a homeland as well as from heterosexuality—and the mundane reality of everyday life balance one another. Memory Mambo is ultimately very moving in its depiction of what it means to find a new and finally safe sense of home.

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Achy Obejas, a Cuban lesbian living in Chicago, scored a huge hit with her 1994 collection of short stories, We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? Now in Memory Mambo, her first novel, she describes the life of Juani, a 25-year-old Cuban lesbian who has to deal with family, work, love, sex, and the weirdness of North American culture. Obejas's writing is sharp and mordantly funny. She understands perfectly how the romance of exile--from a homeland as well as from heterosexuality--and the mundane reality of everyday life balance one another. Memory Mambo is ultimately very moving in its depiction of what it means to find a new and finally safe sense of home.

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