Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet

Make Your Home Among Strangers

The arresting debut novel from award-winning writer Jennine Capó Crucet When Lizet—the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school—secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Leidy—Lizet's ol...


Details Make Your Home Among Strangers

TitleMake Your Home Among Strangers
ISBN9781250059666
Author
Release DateAug 4th, 2015
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction
Rating

Reviews Make Your Home Among Strangers

  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    Just after I started reading this book , I came across an article on LitHub by Jennine Capo Crucet on how she was inspired to write this book . I always appreciate hearing what might have been the one little or the one big thing that created the spark to write a particular book. I'm including a link to the article because it really illustrates how much she knows of what she writes . http://lithub.com/when-a-novel-demand...The novel begins with Li...
  • Esil
    1970-01-01
    3 1/2 stars. Make your Home Amongst Strangers has the makings of a really good book, and it was good but some aspects didn't quite work for me. As a first novel though, it is very strong and I will definitely look for the author's book of short stories and next novels. The story takes place in 1999 and 2000. Lizet was born in Miami to parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba when they were teenagers. Lizet's world is the Cuban community in Mi...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    1970-01-01
    When you are one of the only Latina students at a prestigious liberal arts university, heading to college can be an incredible cultural shift. But it can be just as difficult to return home. Lizet tries to move between the worlds of her Cuban-American family in Florida and the very white Rawlings University where she is confronting an academic integrity violation. It's 1999, it's harder to stay connected, Cuban refugees are in the news, her paren...
  • Elyse Walters
    1970-01-01
    Compulsively Readable ....A universal tale..... going off to College...beingclassified as a minority student ... And all the trials and tribulation that come along with it. Liset is from Miami ... Parents are cuban immigrants ... having recently divorced ... Older sister Leidy, is living at home with her mother in a small apt. ( with her new baby, Dante, as a single mom)The father left his wife at the same time Liset leaves for her Freshman year ...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Lizet, youngest daughter of Cuban parents, is accepted as a scholarship student at a prestigious college. Her parents marriage breaks up, her dad moving out at the same time Lizet leaves Miami to go east to school.Lizet is an interesting character that we will see change and grow throughout this story. The first in her family to go to college she has a rough road to tow. She doesn't feel that she fits into her college's environment, misses he...
  • Marie
    1970-01-01
    This book was fine, not what I expected based on the description, and got tiresome as it progressed. I'm a little suspicious when newer, younger authors (especially those who look suspiciously like their main characters) write a book centered on leaving home and going off to college. It makes me wonder if perhaps they haven't had enough life experiences to write about other topics, and this book in particular screams of a tweaked memoir passed of...
  • Navdeep Singh Dhillon
    1970-01-01
    I've often wondered about the experiences of minorities at Ivy League colleges, and this novel explores this with some real depth. The characters are very accessible and it's wonderfully written. Jennine tackles a subject I've always been curious about, but have never seen represented in fiction: the experience of being a minoritiy in a very white space. Liz secretly applies to an elite college, and leaves Miami to attend, which creates a fall ou...
  • Taryn Pierson
    1970-01-01
    This book should be required reading for high school teachers and undergraduate advisors. Having taught high school myself, I understand quite well how wide the gulf has become in the US between the skills required to earn a diploma from a public high school and those demanded by most four-year colleges. It's why universities now find themselves having to offer more and more sections of remedial courses—many of the 18-year-olds arriving each fa...
  • BookgirlonGoodreads
    1970-01-01
    One of the most boring books I have ever read. I did actually finish it, somehow. The story could have been interesting, but it dragged painfully and the writing was not beautiful so you didn't just enjoy reading for the sake of reading great prose. I could tell the author thought that's what she was doing the way she would end chapters with these sentences that were meant to be devastating in their simplicity but no they were just BORING. I thin...
  • MARILYN
    1970-01-01
    Not a bad book but rather tedious and boring at times. I thought the issues faced by family to be real, but didn't care much for the characters.
  • Jan
    1970-01-01
    Very nice writing in this story of a Cuban-American girl, the first in her family to go to college, who leaves Miami to attend an exclusive northeastern private college. Lizet is a bit of a pill, but I loved the way Crucet pulled us deep into this character and her family and community.
  • Rebecca McPhedran
    1970-01-01
    Lizet Ramirez is a first generation college student from Miami. Her first year at college coincides with a young boy from Cuba coming to the United States. She is an outcast in her family because of her choice to go away to school. Her guilt at being away from her family, as well as the social and academic challenges she faces at a prestigious school, put a lot of stress on her. You root for her the entire time, and the story is structured as suc...
  • Renae
    1970-01-01
    I think any work of fiction has the potential to touch someone, to impact them, regardless of content. However, those books where you see your own experience mirrored in characters’ lives tend to mean more. They validate you, make you feel less alone. For me, Make Your Home Among Strangers was one such book. The story of its protagonist, Lizet, was one I could easily identify with, one that made me nod my head and think “I’ve totally felt t...
  • Dottie
    1970-01-01
    A really interesting look at what is really involved when a young person attempts to leave their home - with their parents expectations - and move into what is really a different culture. Lizet is the daughter of Cuban emigrants whose only goal for her is marriage to her high school boy friend and life in the neighborhood. She is a very bright young woman who manages - without her parents knowledge or approval - to gain acceptance to a very selec...
  • Susana
    1970-01-01
    Tenía grandes expectativas centradas en este libro: admiro profundamente a los escritores cubanos en Cuba y aún más a los exiliados, retratan con humor, amor, amargura, realismo, poesía, desencanto, con un profundo sentido crítico, la realidad difícil de un país que concibió un gran sueño, una gran utopía, que muy rápidamente devino en pesadilla, escritores de la talla de Eliseo Diego, Jesús Díaz, Daína Chaviano, Leonardo Padura, Gu...
  • Tina
    1970-01-01
    "Make Your Home Among Strangers" follows Lizet Ramirez, a young Cuban-American woman leaving her home in Miami for the elite campus of Rawlings College. As the first in her family to attend college, Lizet faces the challenge of trading in her family and heritage for an academic world that leaves her both confused and isolated in her freshman year. Add on to that the tumultuous arrival of Ariel Hernandez (think Elian Gonzalez circa 2000) in Miami ...
  • Linda Doyle
    1970-01-01
    As a Latina who attended a highly regarded university, I am able to relate to this story of a young Cuban-American who leaves her Florida home for a college education at an elite institution in upper state New York. She is torn about her decision, feels she doesn't deserve a college education, that she is separating from her family by choosing to move away. Her sense of alienation within a white student population is very real and intricately des...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book in the Goodreads First Reads giveaways.]I really wish I could say that I liked the book, but I can't. I forced myself to finish it, waiting for the story to take a better turn, but it never came. I honestly just wanted to shake all the characters up, so they could move on and do something with theirs lives...
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    This is a breathtaking debut and a must-read for anyone who works with first generation to college students. Added bonus that the author used to work for One Voice in LA! Capo Crucet's novel is both engrossing and heartbreaking - I very much look forward to her next work.
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    Oh, this book! Jennine Capo Crucet has written a beautiful, terrible, moving story that will keep me thinking for a long time to come about how difficult it is to go home and how one really defines home in the first place.
  • Rincey
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars
  • Sarah Jedd
    1970-01-01
    This book. You guys. Go read this book.
  • Sheri
    1970-01-01
    I really liked the first half or so of this book. I found Lizet to be very compelling and Crucet is full of astute observations about humanity: "I was doing something I'd done hundreds of times before, but I was suddenly aware of my performance of making cafe con leche, of trying to pass for what I thought I already was." and especially about race and class issues. As a first generation college student myself (and one with a MS and almost a PhD),...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    This ended up being more interesting, deep, and thought provoking than I thought it could be. It's an interesting look at the immigrant experience from the first-to-go-to-college child. Set at the turn of the millennium with the backdrop of the Ariel Hernandez drama, it deals with the theme of what is family and the ties that bind them and when, if ever, do we owe family members at the cost of our own hopes and dreams? It's maybe more like a 3.5
  • Nick Moran
    1970-01-01
    A moving depiction of what it's like to exist between places and identities - both real and invented - as well as the tension between the stories told about people and the stories people tell themselves. There are obvious parallels between the central dramatic event and the protagonist's situation, but in the end I was very impressed by how Crucet leaned away from the obvious. This is a thought-provoking, necessary book and I'm excited to see wha...
  • Kevin English
    1970-01-01
    This is the book that I wish I would’ve read my first year of college as a first-generation college student.
  • Livia
    1970-01-01
    I actually ended up not being able to finish this book, but felt it pertinent to write a review anyway. I'll start off by saying some aspects of this novel were very relatable for those of us who are the first in our immediate families to attend college. Being utterly ignorant to the little details of college that escape those of us who are first-generation college students is one of our biggest collegiate barriers. Lizet's surprise at needing a ...
  • Allison
    1970-01-01
    If I were to put this book on a "genre" bookshelf, I think I'd stick it first and foremost on a coming-of-age shelf. After all, the protagonist and narrator Lizet is on a mission to find her "true" self as she leaves her urban working-class Cuban home in Miami and ventures north to Rawlings College in New York. There, she experiences the culture shock of lots of white people and a school that expects her to be better academically prepared than sh...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    In all the books I have read (and I have read a lot) I rarely find the main characters from Miami. There is a special something that brings you there instantly. Author Jennine Capot Crucet describes the sights, the sounds, and the air perfectly. I can hear and see the characters. Lizet is a young girl graduating from Hialeah Lakes High School. She is the very first student to be accepted to Rawlings College, a prestigious, small, expensive colleg...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    Raised in the Cuban-centric area of Miami, Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrant parents, is accepted into Rawlings, an elite Northern college. Once she is there, she struggles to fit in both academically and socially. She chafes at her classmates pigeon-holing her as the "Cuban" girl and is jealous of their wealthy, carefree lives. Meanwhile, back in Miami, her family is falling apart. When Lizet left for college, her father abandoned the famil...