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

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

by Gustavo Perez Firmat

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Gustavo Perez Firmat arrived in America with his family at the age of eleven. Victims of Castro's revolution, the Perez 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, Perez Firmat was insulated from America by the nurturing sights and sounds of Little Havana. But gradually, as the Cuba of his birth receded farther into the past, he had become no longer wholly cubano, but increasingly a man of two heritages and two countries.

In a searing memoir of a family torn apart by exile, Perez Firmat chronicles the painful search for roots that has come to dominate his adult life. With one brother beset by personal problems and another embracing the very revolution that drove their family out of Cuba, Gustavo realized that the words "Next Year in Cuba" had, for him, taken on a hollow ring. Now, married to an American woman, and father to two children who are Cuban in name only, Perez Firmat has finally come to acknowledge his need to celebrate his love of Cuba, while embracing the America he has come to cherish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558854611
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 01/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 213
Sales rank: 637,906
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Born in Cuba, Made in the U.S.A.1
Part 1Waving Good-Bye
1The Past Is a Foreign Country17
2A Crash Course in Americana47
3Mooning over Miami63
Part 2Family Ties
4On the Corner of Paula and San Ignacio95
5Domino Theory, Canasta Klatch125
6The Ghosts of Nochebuenas Past155
7Billita, Who Am I?171
Part 3Discovering America
8The Gusano as Bookworm191
9Love in a Foreign Language211
10Ricky Ricardo with a Ph.D.227
11Earth to Papi, Earth to Papi243
Epilogue: This Must Be the Place267
Postscript 2000: Que Pasa USA?275

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