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Author Díaz, Jaquira, author.

Title Ordinary Girls [electronic resource] : A Memoir / Jaquira Díaz.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Algonquin Books, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (336 pages)
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Summary One of the Must-Read Books of 2019 According to O: The Oprah Magazine * Time * Bustle * Electric Literature * Publishers Weekly * The Millions * The Week * Good Housekeeping "There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime." -Julia Alvarez In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. As her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was supported by the love of her friends. As she longed for a family and home, her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn't find support for her burgeoning sexual identity. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico's history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz writes with raw and refreshing honesty, triumphantly mapping a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be. Reminiscent of Tara Westover's Educated Kiese Laymon's Heavy Mary Karr's The Liars' Club and Terese Marie Mailhot's Heart Berries Jaquira Díaz's memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in (and beyond) the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history-and reads as electrically as a novel.
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Subject Díaz, Jaquira -- Childhood and youth.
Díaz, Jaquira -- Family.
Families -- Puerto Rico.
Lesbian authors -- Puerto Rico -- Biography.
Mentally ill women.
Racially mixed women -- Puerto Rico -- Biography.
Substance abuse.
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ISBN 9781643750163 (epub)
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