At the Narrow Waist of the World (Paperback)
She Writes Press, 9781631525889, 256pp.
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Raised by a lively family of Spanish Jews in tropical and Catholic Panama of the l950s and 1960s, Marlena depends on her many tíos and tías for refuge from the difficulties of life, including the frequent absences of her troubled mother. As a teenager, she pulls away from this centered world--crossing borders--and begins a life in the United States very different from the one she has known.
This lyrical coming-of-age memoir explores the intense and profound relationship between mothers and daughters and highlights the importance of community and the beauty of a large Latin American family. At the Narrow Waist of the World examines the author's gradual integration into a new culture, even as she understands that her home is still--and always will be--rooted in another place.