Earlier this week, Claudio Remeseira reviewed three “fascinating” reads for NBC Latino. My book was one of the three selected. Here’s a snippet:
“Dominicans have been a significant presence in New York City for at least the past fifty years. However, there are very few memoirs or non-academic works documenting that rich experience. One notable exception is Raquel Cepeda’s “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina,” the first major autobiographical work by a Dominican-American to be published in recent years.
You may want to read “Bird of Paradise” as the non-fiction, female-gender companion to Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Both are tales of self-discovery through the many racial, ethnic, and linguistic conflicting forces that lie at the heart of U.S. Latino identity, as well as the story of a personal struggle against a supposed fukú or ancestral curse that has haunted the authors’ families for generations.”
Read the full story here.