Never Imagined Me Here: ESSAYS
Forthcoming from Picador USA in January 2019, Never Imagined Me Here investigates through a personal lens questions on race, immigration, the modern reality of the American dream, and what it means to be a first- or second-generation citizen since the 2016 election.
Make your home among strangers
When Lizet—the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school—secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Leidy—Lizet's older sister, a brand-new single mom—without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live.
HOW TO LEAVE HIALEAH
United in their fierce sense of place and infused with the fading echoes of a lost homeland, the stories in this striking debut collection do for Miami what Edward P. Jones does for Washington, D.C., and what James Joyce did for Dublin: they expand our ideas and our expectations of the city by exposing its tough but vulnerable underbelly.