A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez

By Daisy Hernandez

A coming-of-age memoir by way of a Colombian-Cuban lady approximately shaping classes from domestic right into a new, queer life

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the ladies in her Cuban-Colombian kin taught her approximately love, funds, and race. Her mom warns her approximately envidia and males who seduce you with pastries, whereas one tía bemoans that her niece is popping out to be “una india” rather than an American. one other auntie instructs that once everyone is shut, they're guaranteed to turn into like uña y mugre, fingernails and grime, and that no, Daisy’s father isn't really godless. He’s easily praying to a sweet dish that may be traced again to Africa.

These lessons—rooted in women’s reports of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative aspect what it capacity to develop up woman in an immigrant domestic. in a single tale, Daisy units out to defy the dictates of race and sophistication that preoccupy her mom and tías, yet courting ladies and transmen, and coming to spot as bisexual, leads her to unforeseen questions. In one other piece, NAFTA shuts neighborhood factories in her native land at the outskirts of recent York urban, and he or she starts translating unemployment kinds for her mom and dad, relocating among English and Spanish, in addition to inner most and collective fears. In prose that's either memoir and statement, Daisy displays on reporting for the hot York instances because the paper is rocked through the largest plagiarism scandal in its historical past and plunged into debates in regards to the function of race within the newsroom.

A heartfelt exploration of relatives, identification, and language, A Cup of Water lower than My mattress is finally a daughter’s tale of discovering herself and her neighborhood, and of making a brand new, queer life.

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From then on I put everything on slides, which were films that were much more complex to develop and would never be processed in the short time between going through customs and entering the plane. In addition, I would keep the beginning of the Robert van Voren 25 Example of samizdat smuggled out of the USSR on film: a report on a house search carried out by the KGB at a dissident’s home film hanging out of the metal canister and glued the box carefully closed. They now looked completely unused and without any problem I would manage to smuggle ten or more films at a time to The Netherlands.

One after the other found him/herself behind bars; it was a constant action of saying goodbye. In order to make maximum use of the time in Moscow, I took short naps instead of sleeping and sat in the kitchen of dissident friends until the early hours of the morning talking, planning strategy and making use of the moment; maybe my next visit would find them gone as well. After several nights of not sleeping, it seems your mind goes onto a different level, a kind of mystic feeling, as if you can fly.

A trip to the Soviet Union was more than just a week in the country itself. It cost me, just like many of my colleague couriers, about a month of preparation, both emotionally and logistically. Emotionally because I knew I would again wind up in situations that would have a strong emotional effect on me. I would meet people who would be arrested either shortly after or who had just lost a loved one as result of an arrest. On top of that, I knew that I would live a week under extreme tension. And at the same time I had to prepare myself for the worst.

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