240 pp. | cloth | $27.00
240 pp. | paper | $17.00
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.
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.