By Daisy Hernandez
A coming-of-age memoir through a Colombian-Cuban lady 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 relations 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 once individuals are shut, they're guaranteed to turn 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 stories of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative element what it skill 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 place of birth at the outskirts of recent York urban, and he or she starts translating unemployment kinds for her mom and dad, relocating among English and Spanish, in addition to inner most and collective fears. In prose that's either memoir and remark, Daisy displays on reporting for the hot York instances because the paper is rocked by means of the largest plagiarism scandal in its heritage and plunged into debates concerning the function of race within the newsroom.
A heartfelt exploration of kin, identification, and language, A Cup of Water less than My mattress is eventually a daughter’s tale of discovering herself and her neighborhood, and of making a brand new, queer life.
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A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez