We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories

We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?: Stories

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by Achy Obejas
     
 

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Achy Obejas writes stories about uprooted people. Some, like herself, are Latino immigrants and lesbians; others are men (gay and straight), people with AIDS, addicts, people living marginally, just surviving. As omniscient narrator to her characters' lives, Obejas generously delves into her own memories of exile and alienation to tell stories about women and men…  See more details below

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Achy Obejas writes stories about uprooted people. Some, like herself, are Latino immigrants and lesbians; others are men (gay and straight), people with AIDS, addicts, people living marginally, just surviving. As omniscient narrator to her characters' lives, Obejas generously delves into her own memories of exile and alienation to tell stories about women and men who struggle for wholeness and love.

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Whitney Scott
Obejas' title, with its jokey promise of comic cross-cultural coming-of-age mishaps, misleads. Her collection contains seven pieces--personal memoirs and essays as well as short fiction--all exploring the outsider's pain and existential angst, all shot through with irrepressible wit and dark humor, but all ultimately sadly tragic, seeing little hope of redemption or insightful change either for the specific protagonists portrayed or for men and women generally. With its population of refugees and exiles of all ilks--Cuban boat people, junkies, gays (some dying of AIDS, some not) and lesbians--the book's strongest pieces are its vignettes concerned with parts of Obejas' own life as a Latina lesbian refugee. Whether she chronicles the obsessions of a broken-hearted, jilted lover trying unsuccessfully not to circle the block of her ex-girlfriend's apartment, or the humiliation of being offered donated, unwashed clothing as part of the alternately boring and anxious "processing" into the U.S. as a political refugee from Castro's Cuba, Obejas' prose moves us. These writings of the disenfranchised are for any spiritual immigrant, huddled and yearning to be free.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573446990
Publisher:
Cleis Press Start
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,040,262
File size:
392 KB

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Dennis Cooper
Achy Obejas is an impeccable writer with a special gift for decoding interpersonal tensions and feelings. In these deceptively measured stories, the lives of lesbians and gay men acquires a meaning that transcends issues of sexual identity. In her hands, the world resonantes with an indelible wholeness. A fierce and significant new voice.
Luiz Rodriguez
Achy Obejas' stories pull you in: the ushakable images, the poetry, the living truth of her lived-in voice. And they push you out: more aware, maybe; sense is fraught, perhaps; but, if anything, more adjoined to the complexities of and depths of women, interaction, and love.
Julia Alvarez
A writer of gutsy humor and heart.
Oscar Hijuelos
An exciting collection -- eye-opening and insightful...

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