In the preface to her memoir, Ercenia "Alice" Cedeño recalls the
secrecy and turmoil that marked her youth: "I spent most of my
growing years mad at my mother and wanting her to change to fit in
with the rest of the world," she writes. "When my sisters and I
wanted her to visit our friends' mothers, she would say, 'Why do
people need to know other peoples' lives?' Looking back, I wonder
if she was really saying, 'I don't want them to know our business.'
There was so much to hide."
Now bringing those hidden memories to light, Amá, Your
Story Is Mine traces the hardship, violence, deceit, and
defiance that shaped the identity of two generations of women in
Alice's family. Born in the mountains of northern Mexico, Alice's
mother married at age 14 into a family rife with passion that often
turned to anger. After losing several infant children to disease,
the young couple crossed into the United States seeking a better
Unfolding in a series of powerful vignettes, Amá, Your
Story Is Mine describes in captivating detail a daring
matriarch who found herself having to protect her children from
their own father while facing the challenges of cultural
discrimination. By turns wry and tender, Alice's recollections
offer a rare memoir that fully encompasses the Latina experience in
the United States.
Subjects: Anthropology, Sociology
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