Finding Mañana

Yet another review originally written for Being Latino that I am sharing with you. My favorite thing about memoirs is that they give you the chance to journey back in time and experience events through the eyes of people who were actually there.

Finding Mañana (Penguin Books, 2005)
by Mirta Ojito

In Finding Mañana, Mirta Ojito takes us on a journey in what it means to have to decide whether you would prefer to just survive in the country you’ve grown up in or to fight for what you really believe in.

A decision that is brought about by a government that came to power on the promises of revolution, but chose instead to create a dictatorship that commanded unwavering devotion from all citizens. To voice your own opinion or to even display reluctance to the way of life created, was a sure way of attracting unwanted attention from the neighborhood watch and government, which could result in your sudden disappearance. Anyone who didn’t participate in revolutionary activities or hide their desire to leave the country was referred to as a worm.

By alternating from her own experiences growing up in Cuba until the age of 16 with stories of others who embarked on the one-way road out of Cuba, Ojito is able to show a wide range of approaches to the Cuban way of life. Ojito’s entire life was based on her parents’ goal to leave Cuba and join her uncle in Miami and the struggle she goes through of leaving the country she knows as home and all of her friends behind, without being able to say goodbye.

Note: This review originally appeared on Being Latino, read the full review.

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