A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir

A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir Author Daisy Hernandez
ISBN-10 0807062928
ISBN-13 9780807062920
Year 2015-09-08
Pages 200
Language English
Publisher Beacon Press
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A coming of age memoir by a Colombian Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new queer life In this lyrical coming of age memoir Daisy Hernndez chronicles what the women in her Cuban Colombian family taught her about love money and race Her mother warns her about envidia and men who seduce you with pastries while one ta bemoans that her niece is turning out to be una india instead of an American Another auntie instructs that when two people are close they are bound to become like ua y mugre fingernails and dirt and that no Daisys father is not godless Hes simply praying to a candy dish that can be traced back to Africa These lessonsrooted in womens experiences of migration colonization y cariodefine in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home In one story Daisy sets out to defy the dictates of race and class that preoccupy her mother and tas but dating women and transmen and coming to identify as bisexual leads her to unexpected questions In another piece NAFTA shuts local factories in her hometown on the outskirts of New York City and she begins translating unemployment forms for her parents moving between English and Spanish as well as private and collective fears In prose that is both memoir and commentary Daisy reflects on reporting for the New York Times as the paper is rocked by the biggest plagiarism scandal in its history and plunged into debates about the role of race in the newsroom A heartfelt exploration of family identity and language A Cup of Water Under My Bedis ultimately a daughters story of finding herself and her community and of creating a new queer life

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