Cuba 15
ISBN: 0385732333
EAN13: 9780385732338
Language: English
Publication Date: Mar 8, 2005
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

For fans of Matt de la Pe a and Sandra Cisneros comes a novel about family and identity, where Violet Paz prepares for her quincea ero and learns about her Cuban heritage.

Violet Paz has just turned fifteen, a pivotal birthday in the eyes of her Cuban grandmother. Fifteen is the age when a girl enters womanhood, traditionally celebrating the occasion with a quincea ero.
But while Violet is half Cuban, she's also half Polish, and more importantly, she feels 100% American. Except for her zany family's passion for playing dominoes, smoking cigars, and dancing to Latin music, Violet knows little about Cuban culture, nada about quinces, and only tidbits about the history of Cuba.
So when Violet begrudgingly accepts Abuela's plans for a quincea ero-and as she begins to ask questions about her Cuban roots-cultures and feelings collide. The mere mention of Cuba and Fidel Castro elicits her grandparents'sadness and her father's anger. Only Violet's aunt Luz remains open-minded.
With so many divergent views, it's not easy to know what to believe. All Violet knows is that she's got to form her own opinions, even if this jolts her family into unwanted confrontations. After all, a quince girl is supposed to embrace responsibility-and to Violet that includes understanding the Cuban heritage that binds her to a homeland she's never seen.

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