Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of 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.
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. Struggling to cope, she returns to Miami for a surprise 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 her family's needs, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that will change her life forever. 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, Ploughshares, Epoch, The 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
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Previous & Upcoming Events:
Oct 25, 2018: University of Minnesota - First Year Experience Common Read
Sept 26, 2018: College of New Jersey - Summer Reading Program
Nov 16, 2017: Holy Names University - Common Reading
Oct 12, 2017: George Mason University - Mason Reads
In the News:
“Did I Choose the Wrong College?” - New York Times (Apr 2018)
“How First-Generation College Students Do Thanksgiving Break” - New York Times (Nov 2017)