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>>The Pearl of the Antilles

ISBN: 0-927534-95-9  
240 pp. | cloth | $27.00  

ISBN: 0-927534-96-7
240 pp. | paper | $17.00


fiction by Andrea O'Reilly Herrera

The Pearl of the Antilles chronicles the lives of more than three generations of Cuban women. The story focuses on Margarita, an exile in the United States, who struggles to come to terms with her divided identity, a past she has suppressed, and her failure to share her heritage with her children. The novel explores the ways in which culture and tradition have been preserved and passed down to Cuban Americans and portrays the cultural fragmentation and deep sense of loss that Cubans living in exile and their children (who may never have set foot on Cuban soil) continue to experience.

Andrea O'Reilly Herrera is an associate professor in the Department of English and director of the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She has previously published fiction and poetry in anthologies such as Little Havana Blues: A Cuban-American Literature Anthology and a number of literary journals.