By Daisy Hernandez
A coming-of-age memoir by way of 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 kinfolk 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 develop into like uña y mugre, fingernails and grime, and that no, Daisy’s father isn't 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 aspect what it capacity to develop up lady 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 courting ladies 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 latest York urban, and she or he starts off 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 statement, Daisy displays on reporting for the recent York occasions because the paper is rocked by means of the most important plagiarism scandal in its heritage and plunged into debates in regards to the function of race within the newsroom.
A heartfelt exploration of relations, id, and language, A Cup of Water lower than My mattress is eventually a daughter’s tale of discovering herself and her group, and of constructing a brand new, queer life.
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A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez