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Until We're Fish

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A man can be destroyed but never defeated.

Stunning and elegiac, Susannah Rodríguez Drissi’s debut novel Until We’re Fish juxtaposes vivid landscapes, brilliant, playful meditations on life, and penetrating insights into the human heart, to richly bring to life the story of rapscallion dreamer Elio, a Cuban teen whose unbridled confidence is severely tested after a near-fat
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Paperback, First, 383 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Propertius Press
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    Kelly Guerrit
    Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    As a second generation Cuban-American, Until We’re Fish seems to have finally filled a gap in Cuban « expat » literature, telling a story that seems at once familiar, weaving in characters that are reminiscient of my own family’s struggles, and yet special in the genre, because Drissi tells us what it’s like to actually have stayed on the island. Even as the narrative unfolds in a post-revolutionary Cuba, the characters’ struggles are not as niche as they might seem. Rather the story is about se ...more
    Asela Laguna
    Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Until We’re Fish, Susannah Rodríguez Drissi’s debut novel, is a riveting retelling of the Cuban ethos from 1959 until the late nineties. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, it is about unconditional love, misfortunes, grief, disillusionment and survival chronicled through the eyes and experiences of two ordinary characters, childhood sweethearts Elio and Maria.

    Set in Bauta, a small rural town home to a successful textile company that employs most of the local people, the author succeeds
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    Joanna Hoyt
    Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    It has been said that there are two tragedies in life: not getting what you want, and getting what you want. "Until We’re Fish" is a vivid, complex, wryly funny, and profoundly sad portrayal of both sorts of tragedy in the lives of a Cuban couple over the decades following the Revolution. Elio longs for Maria’s love, and for a fast elegant bicycle, and for something else whose contours keep changing but whose pull on his heart remains constant. Maria’s prosier longings are focused on the lifesty ...more
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    Susannah Rodríguez Drissi is a multigenre writer, translator, and scholar. Her poetry, prose, and academic papers have appeared in journals and anthologies such as In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places in Between, which won the 2018 Florida Book Award; the Los Angeles Review of Books; Saw Palm; Literal Magazine; Diario de Cuba; SX Salon; Raising Mothers; the Acentos Review; and C ...more

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