Never before have I felt so moved while reading a memoir. Rick Najera absolutely nails describing the experience of being a Latino in America–the conflict, the depression, the fierce love and joy and will to endure despite the odds. I almost couldn’t finish this book because it felt too true and too real in places.
Like Najera, I’ve had the experience of “passing,” of being “almost white” and hearing folks say things they never would have said if they’d known there was a Latina in the room. It’s a sobering experience. And also like Najera, I believe that those of us who are able to reach others with our words and our talent have a duty to tell not only our stories, but the stories of those around us. Although we make up a hefty percentage of Americans, we don’t have enough of our stories being told; we can’t turn on the TV or go to a film and see ourselves represented, and this needs to change.
If you are a Latino or have Latino friends or loved ones, I encourage you to read this book.