Make Your Home Among Strangers

12 CDs. 14:15 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2015. ISBN 9781490671550. $123.75. 1 MP3-CD, digital download. F
When Lizet Ramirez, a Cuban American freshman at a prestigious northern college, surprises her family by flying home to Miami for Thanksgiving, she finds everything in turmoil. Lizet's parents have recently divorced and her father has sold the family home, forcing her mother and sister—a single mom with a baby—to move out of Hialeah into a small apartment in "Little Havana." Reunited with her family, Lizet feels she is no longer accepted at home. Crucet (How To Leave Hialeah) addresses the challenges of college faced by first-generation students from immigrant families. No one taught Lizet about plagiarism and its consequences nor how different her life experiences would be from those of her classmates. Yet she perseveres and brings her failing grades up to "Bs" in her first semester. Marisol Ramirez's excellent narration captures Lizet's confusion as she navigates her two worlds.
VERDICT Listeners interested in social commentary along with a compelling story will enjoy this book. ["Debut novelist Crucet depicts with insight and subtlety the culture shock, confusion, guilt, and humiliations of the first-generation college student surrounded by privilege": LJ 6/1/15 review of the St. Martin's hc.]
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