2017 Summer Reading Assignment
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet
Crucet's debut novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, is the winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-themed Fiction 2016, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and was longlisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It was also named a best book of the season by Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Bustle, NBC Latino and Men's Journal.
The novel centers on Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school. Her parents are infuriated when Lizet is accepted to an elite college, since it would mean her having to leave Miami. Adding to her troubles, Lizet's parents divorce just weeks before she starts school, leaving her, her sister and her mother without steady income and scrambling for a place to live.
Amid the turmoil, Lizet begins her first semester of college. But the privileged world of the campus feels foreign, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. She struggles socially and academically. Her Thanksgiving visit home to Miami is overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet’s entire family.
Upcoming Summer Read Events
On September 7, author Jennine Capo Crucet will be on campus. She will attend several classes, have lunch with students and present a lecture in Cordiner Hall at 7 p.m. Her lecture is free and open to the public.