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Next Year in Cuba A Cubano's Coming-of-Age in America: Firmat, Gustavo Perez

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

Firmat, Gustavo Perez

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ISBN 10: 038547296X / ISBN 13: 9780385472968
Published by Anchor / Doubleday, New York, 1995
Condition: Near fine Hardcover
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hardcover, 274 pp. SIGNED by the author in 1995 on the half title page. Slight bump to bottom board edges, still a tight lightly used near fine copy in a fine unflawed dust jacket which is now covered in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 1214

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

Publisher: Anchor / Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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An immigrant from Cuba as a child, the author recounts growing up in Miami's Little Havana, his struggle to come to terms with American culture, his eventual estrangement from his family, and his feelings about his native country. Tour.

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Gustavo Pérez Firmat arrived in America with his family at the age of eleven. Victims of Castro's revolution, the Pérez 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, Pérez 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, that he had become no longer wholly Cubano, but increasingly a man of two heritage's and two countries.

In a searing memoir of a family torn apart by exile, Pérez Firmat chronicles the painful search for roots that has come to dominate his adult life. Now married to an American woman, and a father to two children who are Cuban in name only, Pérez Firmat has finally come to acknowledge his need to celebrate his love of Cuba, while embracing the America he has come to love.

"Next Year In Cuba is a valuable and heartfelt addition to the canon of Cuban-American writing. A fine portrait of a family and culture in transition." -- Oscar Hijuelos, author of Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love.

"With his highly intelligent critical essays on Cuban-American cultural experience, his charming and witty poems, and now his autobiographical meditation, Next Year In Cuba, Gustavo Pérez Firmat has established himself among our very best writers of Cuban heritage." -- Leonard Michaels, author of The Men's Club.

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