How to Leave Hialeah
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How to Leave Hialeah

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United in their fierce sense of place and infused with the fading echoes of a lost homeland, the stories in Jennine Capo Crucet's striking debut collection do for Miami what Edward P. Jones does for Washington, D.C., and what James Joyce did for Dublin: they expand our ideas and our expectations of the city by exposing its tough but vulnerable underbelly. Crucet's writing has been shaped by the people and landscapes of South Florida and by the stories of Cuba told by her parents and abuelos. Her own stories are informed by her experiences as a Cuban American woman living within and without her community, ready to leave and ready to return, 'ready to mourn everything.' Coming to us from the predominantly Hispanic working-class neighborhoods of Hialeah, the voices of this steamy section of Miami shout out to us from rowdy all-night funerals and kitchens full of platanos and croquetas and lechon ribs, from domino tables and cigar factories, glitter-purple Buicks and handed-down Mom Rides, private homes of santeras and fights on front lawns. Calling to us from crowded expressways and canals underneath abandoned overpasses shading a city's secrets, these voices are the heart of Miami, and in this award-winning collection Jennine Capo Crucet makes them sing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 139.7 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 1587298163
  • 9781587298165
  • 1,029,670

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"Jennine CapO Crucet is an electrifying new talent--she's funny, she's smart, and she knows how to tell great stories. I fell in love with this terrific collection from the first paragraph, and I was still smitten on the last page."--Curtis Sittenfeld, author, "American Wife" What a joy it is to read the work of a writer who has a powerful voice, a sense of humor, and a feeling for local histories. Jennine Capo Crucet s stories start with Cuban American neighborhoods and cultures and then sail off into the direction of the great themes: love, familial bonds, aging, and death. And resurrection. This is a wonderful collection. Charles Baxter" This is definitely a young writer to watch for, sassy, smart, with an unerring ear for a community s voices, its losses, its over-the-top telenovela extravagances, and its poignant struggles to understand itself in a new land. I was glad not to have to leave Hialeah right away, but to stay long enough to hear its many stories as told by a gifted writer like Jennine Capo Crucet. Julia Alvarez, author, "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," "In the Time of the Butterflies," and "Return to Sender"" Jennine Capo Crucet is an electrifying new talent she s funny, she s smart, and she knows how to tell great stories. I fell in love with this terrific collection from the first paragraph, and I was still smitten on the last page. Curtis Sittenfeld, author, "American Wife"" "What a joy it is to read the work of a writer who has a powerful voice, a sense of humor, and a feeling for local histories. Jennine Capo Crucet's stories start with Cuban American neighborhoods and cultures and then sail off into the direction of the great themes: love, familial bonds, aging, and death. And resurrection. This is a wonderful collection."--Charles Baxter -What a joy it is to read the work of a writer who has a powerful voice, a sense of humor, and a feeling for local histories. Jennine Capo Crucet's stories start with Cuban American neighborhoods and cultures and then sail off into the direction of the great themes: love, familial bonds, aging, and death. And resurrection. This is a wonderful collection.---Charles Baxter -Jennine Capo Crucet is an electrifying new talent--she's funny, she's smart, and she knows how to tell great stories. I fell in love with this terrific collection from the first paragraph, and I was still smitten on the last page.---Curtis Sittenfeld, author, American Wife -This is definitely a young writer to watch for, sassy, smart, with an unerring ear for a community's voices, its losses, its over-the-top telenovela extravagances, and its poignant struggles to understand itself in a new land. I was glad not to have to leave Hialeah right away, but to stay long enough to hear its many stories as told by a gifted writer like Jennine Capo Crucet.---Julia Alvarez, author, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Return to Sender "Jennine Capo Crucet is an electrifying new talent--she's funny, she's smart, and she knows how to tell great stories. I fell in love with this terrific collection from the first paragraph, and I was still smitten on the last page."--Curtis Sittenfeld, author, American Wife "This is definitely a young writer to watch for, sassy, smart, with an unerring ear for a community's voices, its losses, its over-the-top telenovela extravagances, and its poignant struggles to understand itself in a new land. I was glad not to have to leave Hialeah right away, but to stay long enough to hear its many stories as told by a gifted writer like Jennine Capo Crucet."--Julia Alvarez, author, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Return to Sendershow more

About Jennine Capo Crucet

Jennine Capo Crucet was born to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, the Southern Review, the Northwest Review, and other magazines. She is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Scholarship and has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors' Prize and the University of California, Irvine, Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. A graduate of Cornell University, she currently lives and writes in Los Angeles.show more

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