- Series: Iowa Short Fiction Award
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587298163
- ISBN-13: 978-1587298165
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this engrossing collection—sometimes intense, at other times darkly humorous—debut author Crucet portrays the daily challenges, heartbreak and family ties that penetrate Hialeah, a working-class Cuban-American neighborhood in Miami. In El Destino Hauling, a young girl pays witness to a night-long family funeral for a father who was run over by his son, perhaps by intent. The Next Move follows a grandfather left to struggle through the day without his wife while she's visiting family in Cuba. In Men Who Punched Me in the Face, a woman repeatedly drawn to abusive men convinces herself she enjoys being hit. A story set in the Cuban countryside finds a young woman struggling to make ends meet with just three prized possessions: a rooster, a bar of soap and Kotex maxi pads. Crucet details vividly the daily struggle that leads Cubans to prize their heritage above much else, but also illuminates a powerful need to escape the past. (Sept.)
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And know this too: he is dedicated to his new Tai Chi class!
This is just too wonderful a read. And I will be using a couple of stories in my next semester classes.
I first encountered one of the stories in this book in an online literary journal and was captivated by the writer's honesty. If you're not sure whether or not to buy this book, go and look up Low Tide first. It will give you an appetite for more. There's a link to it on my blog.