Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus
Finding Manana A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus Author:Mirta Ojito New York Times reporter Mirta Ojito melds the personal with the political in a moving account of her family's departure from Cuba. People — In this unforgettable memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mirta Ojito travels back twenty-five years to the event that brought her and 125,000 of her fellow Cubans... more » to America: the 1980 mass exodus known as the Mariel boatlift. As she tracks down the long-forgotten individuals whose singular actions that year profoundly affected thousands on both sides of the Florida straits, she offers a mesmerizing glimpse behind Cuba's iron curtainand recalls the reality of being a sixteen-year-old torn between her family's thirst for freedom and a revolution that demanded absolute loyalty. Recounting an immensely important chapter in the ever-evolving relationship between America and its neighbor to the south, Finding Maņana is a major triumph by one of our finest journalists.
In this wonderful memoir, Ojito ransoms herself from the seductions of nostalgia and reclaims instead the beleageured Cuba of her childhood.
This was a short history of Communist Cuba, seen through the eyes of a teenage girl who grew up in a family that didn't support the regime. They spent 20 years trying to get out of the country and finally did, on the Mariel boatlift.
It was a great inside view of a closed society. Both fascinating and horrifying...I loved it.
This is a really great book. My father is Cuban, so I'm constantly struggling to better understand the history of Cuba and what Cubans have gone through. Mirta Ojito writes a powerful and interesting story of her own experience in Cuba and intertwines it with key facts and historical accounts. Of all the Cuban memoirs I've read, this one is my favorite.