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Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus (2005)
by Mirta Ojito
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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
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:01 -0400)
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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