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Make Your Home Among Strangers - A Novel

Jennine Capo Crucet

Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college. Her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami, and amid a painful divorce, her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and older sister, a newly single mom-without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live. Amidst this turmoil, Lizet begins college, but the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign to her, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns home for a Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family. Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with hard decisions that will change her life forever. Her urgent, mordantly funny voice leaps off the page to tell this moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it's the new story of what it means to be American today. Jennine CapO Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers and a story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, John Gardner Book Prize, Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald and the Latinidad List. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and Bread Loaf Fellow, she was a Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She was raised in Miami and still writes and teaches in Florida.

Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college. Her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami, and amid a painful divorce, her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and older sister, a newly single mom-without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live. Amidst this turmoil, Lizet begins college, but the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign to her, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns home for a Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family. Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with hard decisions that will change her life forever. Her urgent, mordantly funny voice leaps off the page to tell this moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it's the new story of what it means to be American today. Jennine CapO Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers and a story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, John Gardner Book Prize, Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald and the Latinidad List. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and Bread Loaf Fellow, she was a Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She was raised in Miami and still writes and teaches in Florida.
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Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college. Her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami, and amid a painful divorce, her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and older sister, a newly single mom-without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live. Amidst this turmoil, Lizet begins college, but the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign to her, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns home for a Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family. Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with hard decisions that will change her life forever. Her urgent, mordantly funny voice leaps off the page to tell this moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it's the new story of what it means to be American today. Jennine CapO Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers and a story collection, How to Leave Hialeah, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, John Gardner Book Prize, Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald and the Latinidad List. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and Bread Loaf Fellow, she was a Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She was raised in Miami and still writes and teaches in Florida.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Marisol Ramirez

Length:

14h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

26:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

32:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

37:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

39:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

30:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

39:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:35