Island of Bones: Essays

Island of Bones: Essays

by Joy Castro

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Island of Bones: Essays by Joy Castro

What is “identity” when you’re a girl adopted as an infant by a Cuban American family of Jehovah’s Witnesses? The answer isn’t easy. You won’t find it in books. And you certainly won’t find it in the neighborhood. This is just the beginning of Joy Castro’s unmoored life of searching and striving that she’s turned to account with literary alchemy in Island of Bones

In personal essays that plumb the depths of not-belonging, Castro takes the all-too-raw materials of her adolescence and young adulthood and views them through the prism of time. The result is an exquisitely rendered, richly detailed perspective on a uniquely troubled young life that reflects on the larger questions each of us faces in a world where diversity and singularity are forever at odds. In the experiences of her past—hunger and abuse, flight as a fourteen-year-old runaway, single motherhood, the revelations of her “true” ethnic identity, the suicide of her father—Castro finds the “jagged, smashed place of edges and fragments” that she pieces together to create an island all her own. Hers is a complicated but very real depiction of what it is to “jump class,” to not belong but to find one’s voice in the interstices of identity.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803271425
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: American Lives Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,210,140
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


What is “identity” when you’re adopted as an infant by a Cuban American family of Jehovah’s Witnesses? In personal essays that plumb the depths of not-belonging, Castro considers the raw materials of her adolescence and young adulthood through the prism of time to create literary alchemy in this exquisite memoir.
  
 

Table of Contents

Island of Bones 1

What My Mother Told Me When I Found Her 11

Clips of My Father's House 13

Turn of Faith 17

Getting Lost 20

In Theory 23

Farm Use 27

Hip Joints 36

No Más Monkey 47

Edging 50

Fitting 54

The Athens of the Midwest 59

You Can Avoid the Mistakes I Made 68

An Angle of Vision 70

Grip 80

Getting "Grip" 82

Hungry 89

On Becoming Educated 93

Vesper Adest 102

"¿Quién es ese Jimmy Choo?": A Latina Mother Comes of Age 106

Gratitude 123

Source Acknowledgments 125

Notes 127

Bibliography 131

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