From a three-room apartment in Brooklyn, occupied by 10 family members, Esmeralda Santiago begins a journey that is both a triumphant struggle for identity and independence, and a mother's worst nightmare. Challenged by language barriers, cultural stereotypes, and the fiercely protective Mami, Santiago continues the rollicking ascent she began in When I Was Puerto Rican. By day, she perfects the role of Cleopatra at Performing Arts High School and interprets for the family at city welfare offices. At night, she accompanies her mother and sisters to Latin dance halls - but on such a strict leash that she has her first date at the age of 20. Undaunted, she makes up for lost time in a romantic apprenticeship at once hilarious and heartbreaking. Note: This audiobook is in Spanish. Este audiolibro es en Espanol.
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wonderful and absorbing autobiography
- E. Dalton "dremily"
I did listen to it twice. First, it is an interesting and entertaining insight into a sub-culture that is alien to me but very American. Second, Spanish is my second language, and the author's reading is excellent for my listening skills. Next I'll download her final book of the trilogy, "El Amante Turco."
- Daniel W. Fox, Jr.