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From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, essays on being an “accidental” American—an incisive look at the edges of identity for a woman of color in a society centered on whiteness

Travels from: Nebraska

Jennine Capó Crucet’s smart, scathing, and hilarious depiction of a Cuban-American girl at a fancy northeastern university is set in 1999 - and involves and Elián González-inspired subplot - but its incisive take on race and class makes it both urgently of-the-moment and destined to be a classic.
— Curtis Sittenfeld
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Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education, and the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.

My Time Among the Whites is an incisive look at the edges of identity for a women of color in a society centered on whiteness. In prose that is both fearless and slyly humorous, this collection of essays examines the sometimes hopeful, sometimes deeply flawed ways in which many Americans have learned to adapt, exist, and—in the face of all signals saying otherwise—perhaps even thrive in a country that never imagined them here.

Make Your Home Among Strangers has been adopted as a First Year Experience Read at dozens of universities around the country. When Lizet—the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school—is secretly accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Lizet's older sister scrambling for a place to live. Amid this turmoil, Lizet begins her first semester at Rawlings College, but the privileged environment feels utterly foreign, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Urgent and mordantly funny, Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the new story of what it means to be American today.

Jennine’s story collection How to Leave Hialeah won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald, the Miami New Times, and the Latinidad List. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and a Bread Loaf Fellow, her writing has appeared in Guernica,  PloughsharesEpochThe Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, and other magazines. 

Originally from Miami, she is an assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Talks and Topics

  • First-Year Experience Common Read: Make Your Home Among Strangers

  • Community Reads Programming: Make Your Home Among Strangers

  • More coming soon!

Heartfelt . . . Being caught between two cultures is a usefully troubling condition for the writer intent on dramatizing the confusion, pain and humor of having what Crucet calls ‘double vision,’ and Crucet, the award-winning author of a story collection delivers on all three. Sharp cultural observations and terrific dialogue keep the reader engaged.
— NYT Book Review

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