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Publishers Note :The daughter of two parents from Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent, Lolita Hernandez gained a unique perspective of growing up in Detroit. In Making Callaloo in Detroit she weaves her lush memories of food, language, music, and family into twelve stories of outsiders looking at a strange world, wondering how to fit in, and making it through in their own way. The linguistic rhythms and phrases of her childhood bring her distinctive characters to life: mothers, sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors who crave sun and saltwater and would rather dance on a bare wood floor than give in to despair. In their kitchens, they make callaloo, bakes, buljol, sanchocho, and pelau?foods not usually associated with Detroit. Hernandez?s characters sing and dance, curse and love, and cook and eat. A niece races to make a favorite family dish correctly for an uncle in the hospital, three friends watch an unfamiliar official-looking man in the neighborhood, lovers and daughters cope with sudden deaths of the men in their lives, a man who can no longer speak escapes his life in imagination, and families gather to celebrate the new year with joyful dancing against a backdrop of calypso music. Hernandez?s stories reflect the diveristy of characters to be found at the intersection between cultures while also offering a window into a very particular and rich Caribbean culture that survives in the deepest recesses of Detroit. In addition to being a compelling and colorful read, Making Callaloo in Detroit explores questions of how we assimilate and retain identity, how families evolve as generations pass, how memory guides the present, and how the spirit world stays close to the living. Readers of fiction will enjoy this unique collection.

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Author Name: Lolita Hernandez

Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr

Language: English

ISBN: 9780814339695

Format: Paperback

Pages: 216

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Product Dimensions: 8.50 * 0.00 * 5.51 cm

Boxed-Product Weight: 0.00g

Quick Code: QCBO18524556

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