We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?


We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?

Achy Obejas writes stories about uprooted people. Some, like herself, are Latino immigrants and lesbians; others are men (gay and straight), people with AIDS, addicts, people living marginally, just surviving. As omniscient narrator to her characters' lives, Obejas generously delves into her own memories of exile and alienation to tell stories about women and men who struggle for wholeness and love.
  • Cleis Press | 
  • 136 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781573446990 | 
  • March 1998
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