Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas
A Novel

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A brilliant new novel by the author of We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? Juani, a 24-year-old Latina lesbian, is exiled, with her irresistibly crazy family, from Cuba to the United States. Here a chorus of cousins--blood cousins and "cousins in exile"--wreak havoc as Juani attempts to sift through layers of memories and family myth to find the truth about her life.

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Achy Obejas is the award-winning author of Days of Awe, Memory Mambo, We Came all the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?, and editor of Havana Noir. A long-time contributor to the Chicago Tribune, she was part of the 2001 investigative team that earned a Pulitzer Prize for the series, 'Gateway to Gridlock.'
Published August 5, 1996 by Cleis Press. 200 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Juani's relationship with her lover, Gina, ends violently, Juani allows her lying, abusive cousin-in-law, Jimmy, to spin tales to explain the situation to the family.

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The supporting characters are also fleshed-out and realistically complex, and while the Cuban-American reader is bound to get even more out of the novel, "Memory Mambo" manages to appeal to the non-Cuban reader as well without minimi...

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