My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education


From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers comes a collection of essays on feeling like an “accidental” American and the tectonic edges of identity in a society centered on whiteness.

“Crucet is an essential truth-teller, the whisper in your ear you should listen to, wise and funny as she tries to save your life—and this book is a triumph.”

Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an
Autobiographical Novel
and Queen of the Night

My Time Among the Whites is a powerful book on the American experience that is both timely and still ticking, asking the reader to continue thinking past the book’s pages and toward a better country where every kind of human being has the right to belong and thrive. A funny, intimate, important, and most necessary read.”

Amber Tamblyn, author of Era of Ignition

Praise for
Make Your Home Among Strangers

“Crucet's smart, scathing, and hilarious depiction of a Cuban-American girl at a fancy northeastern university is set in 1999—and involves an Elián González-inspired subplot—but its incisive take on race and class makes it both urgently of-the-moment and destined to be a classic.”

Curtis Sittenfeld, vanity fair


A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Named a best book of the season by
Vanity Fair,
Harper's Bazaar,
The Guardian,
NBC Latino,
& Men's Journal

“Sharply funny.”

— The New York Times

“Few [debut novels] are as furious, funny or thorny as this one....Crucet captures the vernacular of Lizet's world at home and the unbearable alienation in her campus life and with a realness that's hard to forget.”

— Entertainment Weekly

“Anyone who has read Jennine Capó Crucet's story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, knows that she is a wonderful writer. Still, I was unprepared for the power of her debut novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, which I found wise and honest, a love letter to Miami that doubles as a furious and funny manifesto about cultural and familial expectations.”

— Lauren Groff, author of
The Monsters of Templeton
and Arcadia


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