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Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus (2005)

by Mirta Ojito

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A Cuban woman talks about her experience being part of the Mariel boatlift. She breaks up her experience with interviews of others also involved in the boatlift at the same time. While the first 75% was very well written, the last quarter seemed to lack feeling and seemed to be more reporting. I did find out information that was misrepresented to the public at the time, like the intent was for family to leave Cuba. But Castro then released the prisoners and mental patients and forced the boat owners to also take them. That was not the intention. ( )
  LivelyLady | Apr 11, 2013 |
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Those who don't have revolutionary genes, revolutionary blood, a mind or heart which can adapt to the effort and heroism of a revolution aren't wanted here, they aren't needed.
--Fidel Castro, during a May 1 speech in Havana, 1980
We will continue to provide an open heart and open arms to refugees seeking freedom from Communist domination and from economic deprivation, brought about primarily by Fidel Castro and his government.
--President Jimmy Carter, May 5, 1980, Washington, D.C.
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To Arturo, and to our children: Juan Arturo, Lucas, and Marcelo, my true home
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The police came on May 7 when I was about to have lunch: a plain yogurt, sweetened with several spoonfuls of sugar, fried yellow plantains, and an egg-and-ketchup sandwich on half a loaf of Cuban bread.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143036602, Paperback)

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 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 curtain—and 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 Mañana 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.”
The New York Times

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A New York Times reporter recounts her childhood in Cuba before the events of the Mariel boatlift rendered her a teenage refugee in Miami, describing the Cuban revolution and her prize-winning journalism career.

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