By Daisy Hernandez
A coming-of-age memoir by way of a Colombian-Cuban girl approximately shaping classes from domestic right into a new, queer life
In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the ladies in her Cuban-Colombian kinfolk taught her approximately love, cash, and race. Her mom warns her approximately envidia and males who seduce you with pastries, whereas one tía bemoans that her niece is popping out to be “una india” rather than an American. one other auntie instructs that after everyone is shut, they're sure to turn into like uña y mugre, fingernails and grime, and that no, Daisy’s father isn't godless. He’s easily praying to a sweet dish that may be traced again to Africa.
These lessons—rooted in women’s reviews of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative element what it capability to develop up girl in an immigrant domestic. in a single tale, Daisy units out to defy the dictates of race and sophistication that preoccupy her mom and tías, yet relationship girls and transmen, and coming to spot as bisexual, leads her to unforeseen questions. In one other piece, NAFTA shuts neighborhood factories in her place of birth at the outskirts of recent York urban, and he or she starts off translating unemployment varieties for her mom and dad, relocating among English and Spanish, in addition to inner most and collective fears. In prose that's either memoir and statement, Daisy displays on reporting for the recent York occasions because the paper is rocked by means of the most important plagiarism scandal in its historical past and plunged into debates concerning the function of race within the newsroom.
A heartfelt exploration of family members, id, and language, A Cup of Water lower than My mattress is eventually a daughter’s tale of discovering herself and her group, and of making a brand new, queer life.
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