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

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Gustavo Pérez Firmat arrived in America with his family at the age of eleven. Victims of Castro's revolution, the Pérez 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 F ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Arte Publico Press (first published August 1st 1995)
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Maria
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Perez Firmat fled Cuba with his family in 1960 when he was about 10 years old. The first part of the book, focusing on his first years here and the general Cuban experience, was somewhat interesting and helpful in understanding the difference between exile and immigration. The author was married to a Cuban woman for 15 years with whom he had two children. He left her for Mary Anne, a married American woman who had children of her own. The two eventually left their spouses and married. The second ...more
Doll R. espinal
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a perfect example of Cuban Literature and their experience in the US. Examples of "exilio" and what it does to people. I enjoyed reading this book. Read it in three days, by chapter. Enjoyable and easy to follow.
Dora
Nov 09, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended over in the SDMB November 2007 book thread. We have several family friends who are Cuban exiles from this generation, so I think it would be interesting to read.
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Gustavo Pérez Firmat was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Florida.
He is best known for his memoir, Next Year in Cuba, available in Spanish as El año que viene estamos en Cuba, and for Life on the Hyphen, a study of Cuban-American culture, also available in Spanish as Vidas en vilo. His most recent book, A Cuban in Mayberry, is an affectionate and personal look at one of America’s best-l
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