How to Leave Hialeah
by Jennine Capo Crucet

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More About How to Leave Hialeah by Jennine Capo Crucet
  • ISBN-13: 9781587298165
  • ISBN-10: 1587298163
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publish Date: September 2009
  • Page Count: 169

Series: Iowa Short Fiction Award (Paperback)

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 41.
  • Review Date: 2009-07-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

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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