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When we last saw Carlos Eire, the author of the National Book Award-winning Waiting for Snow in Havana was in the air, on his way from Castro's Cuba to life as a child refugee orphan in Florida. Now, six years later, he tells us what happened after that plane landed in 1962. Learning to Die in Miami takes us inside an adolescent's mind as he cobbles together his new identity as an American. Bereft of their parents (he will never again see his father), Carlos and his older brother move from foster home to foster home, living much of the time in a reality that their new "parents" can not even begin to understand. Like its predecessor, this memoir possesses a striking originality; like its author, it in a sense created itself.