Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Fish Out of Agua"


  I had the pleasure of meeting Michele Carlo in October at a writer's conference
where she moderated one of the workshops I attended. It was then 
that I purchased her book Fish Out of Agua

"Will the family who brought the little redheaded white girl to the Puerto Rican 
Day parade please come to the bandstand to pick her up." 

With her fair skin, freckles, and red hair Michele tells the tale of constantly
feeling like she didn't fit in with her family.

In addition to various reasons, Michele saw herself as an outcast because she 
didn't look like the "typical" Latina and didn't speak Spanish.

Having lived in NYC for over a year wow, I especially loved reading about 
how different things were when Michele was growing up. 

In the book she paints a detailed picture of NYC life in the 70s and 80s. From hanging out at 
her neighborhood park in the Bronx, pursuing her dream of going to 
art school, to all the racial tension she experienced while growing up.

Michele's story is very compelling and held my interest throughout the entire book.

Read more about Fish Out of Aguahere

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