The author of the National Book Award winner Waiting for Snow in Havana returns with this beguilingly beautiful memoir of exile and assimilation in an alluring and alarming new land called America.
A Cuban refugee who fled the communist revolution, Carlos Eire documents his childhood adjustment to American life in LEARNING TO DIE IN MIAMI. Following his turbulent escape that separated him from both his parents, Eire and his compatriots soon discover that life in the United States will not open up its promised abundance unless they first shed their alien identities like metamorphosing caterpillars. But young Eire's rebirth butts up against conflicts and difficulty even under his new moniker Charles, and he locates how to reckon with his exile by acknowledging the past.
Genre: Social Science, Biography + Autobiography
Subgenre: Emigration + Immigration, Ethnic Studies / General, Personal Memoirs, General, Historical