This challenging, exquisitely written book is a must for those fascinated by those who left the island in the pursuit of their freedom. An engrossing read. . . . Highly recommended.
Captures, in critical form, the struggles and aspirations of an entire generation of Cuban immigrants, and at the same time deconstructs the reality of what had been figured as an impossibility: the search, the reconstruction and remedy of the losses suffered due to exile and displacement.
--Casa de las Américas
Essential to the discussion of the Cuban 1.5 generation’s relationship to their receiving countries, to the island, to the exile/immigrant community, and to their own mediated memory of the last two....Elegantly weave[s] through narrations of different genres and create[s] a more comprehensive definition of the one-and-a-half generation of Cuban Americans and of the lasting effects of forced migrations in general.
An outstanding contribution to the field of diasporic writings in general, and the Cuban diaspora in particular. . . . Reminds the reader how closely related the personal and political are. It recognizes that there are many ways of returning, and how the co-presence of the past and the present are remembered and articulated.
Is beautifully diverse in the genres, artists, and scholars it studies. Prose, film, music, and visual and performance art dialogue with history, sociology, and highly relevant theory on diaspora, memory, (trans)national identity, and “cultural remittances” . . . . Anyone, especially scholars and graduate students, writing on Cuba’s one-and-a-half generation or any of the cultural forms [Lopez] treats in the Cuban/Cuban American context needs this book.
Gives us an informed and reliable starting point from which to explore that ever more complex experience of return.
--New West Indian Guide
Encompasses an ample vision, solid and innovative of the Cuban diaspora in the United States, at the same time it theorizes on the (im)possible of those returns that immigrants realize or dream about.
--Casa de las Américas
These new generations of descendents of Cubansdeserve to know these intricate histories laced with pains, hopes, reconciliations, rejecting, forgetting, the effort of continuing.
--Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura