Casi una Mujer by Esmeralda Santiago

By Esmeralda Santiago

A simultaneous Spanish-language variation, initially translated for classic by
Nina Torres-Vidal

In her new memior, the acclaimed writer of When i used to be Puerto Rican maintains the riveting chronicle of her life.

"Negi," as Santiago's relatives affectionately calls her, leaves rural Macun in 1961 to reside in a three-bedroom tenement condominium with seven siblings, and inquisitive grandmother, and a strict mom who won't permit her so far. At 13, Negi yearns for her personal mattress, for privateness, and her father, who continues to be in Puerto Rico. Translating for Mami on the welfare place of work within the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York's acting Arts highschool within the afternoon, and dancing salsa all evening, she additionally seeks to discover stability among being an American and Puerto Rican. while Negi defies her mom by means of happening a chain of dates, she reveals that independence brings challenges.

At as soon as a universally poignant coming-of-age story and a heartfelt immigrant's tale, Almost a Woman is Santiago's victorious trip into womanhood.

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