By Daisy Hernandez
A coming-of-age memoir via 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 family members 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 develop into like uña y mugre, fingernails and grime, and that no, Daisy’s father isn't really godless. He’s easily praying to a sweet dish that may be traced again to Africa.
These lessons—rooted in women’s reports of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative aspect what it potential to develop up woman 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 homeland at the outskirts of latest York urban, and he or she starts off translating unemployment varieties for her mom and dad, relocating among English and Spanish, in addition to deepest and collective fears. In prose that's either memoir and remark, Daisy displays on reporting for the recent York occasions because the paper is rocked via the largest plagiarism scandal in its historical past and plunged into debates in regards to the position of race within the newsroom.
A heartfelt exploration of kin, identification, and language, A Cup of Water below 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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