Letters to My Mother (Paperback)

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The narrator of "Letters to My Mother" is a young Afro-Cuban girl who, when her mother dies, must live with her aunt and cousins. Dependent on them and their goodwill, she''s deeply wounded by their taunts about how dark her skin is and their attacks on her behavior in general, including her choice not to straighten her hair. When not at home, she must endure constant, casual racial prejudice. To keep the memory of her mother alive, and to remind herself that she was once unconditionally loved, she writes letters telling "Mami" what she is suffering and feeling. Composed wholly of these letters, this powerful, moving novel tells how the heroine comes of age. Is her inner strength sufficient to overcome her pain and the bigotry of the people in her life?When it was originally published, "Letters to My Mother" was attacked for exposing the problem of racism in contemporary Cuban society. Nevertheless, this illuminating, thoughtful work went on to win major awards.


Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780888997210
SKU 204479870
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0888997213
Release Date 7/1/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 5L x 0.5T
"This sheaf of small observations, smoothly translated, is itself a 'piece of broken mirror,' reflecting the toil, and flashing transcendence of the human experience."
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Editors Note In a series of letters to her dead mother, a young Afro-Cuban girl describes her struggles with racism, living on the goodwill of relatives, and self-acceptance. Reprint.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 12
Number of Pages 0104
Publisher Groundwood Books
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