Memory Mambo

Memory Mambo

A Novel

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A twenty-four-year-old Cuban lesbian seeks a place for herself in her adopted American home while learning to cope with her dysfunctional family and overwhelming memories of her life in Cuba

Perseus Publishing
Memory Mambo describes the life of Juani Casas, a 25-year-old Cuban-born American lesbian who manages her family's laundromat in Chicago while trying to cope with family, work, love, sex, and the weirdness of North American culture. Achy Obejas's writing is sharp and mordantly funny. She understands perfectly how the romance of exile—from a homeland as well as from heterosexuality—and the mundane reality of everyday life balance one another. Memory Mambo is ultimately very moving in its depiction of what it means to find a new and finally safe sense of home.
Juani Casas is obsessed with memory. Having escaped from Cuba to the United States with her irresistibly imperfect family, she is fixated on extracting the truth of her life from the nostalgic mythology of exile. Surrounded by a chorus of cousins — blood cousins and "cousins in exile" — Juani, a 24-year-old lesbian, struggles with violence, desire, and the meaning of love.

Publisher: Pittsburgh, Penn : Cleis Press, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781573440172
Branch Call Number: OBE
Characteristics: 249 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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