Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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Julie Marie Wade
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Memoir, Cuban exiles, Cuban Revolution, Miami, dementia
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TRYING TO SAVE THE FAMILY: A MEMOIR uses incomplete and contradictory versions of single incidents and views of character that echo across time and place to assemble a narrative portrait of three generations. It looks at a family’s simultaneity of experience in Havana, leaving versus staying, and in Miami, adjusting versus failing to. The narrator employs interviews, photos, and family documents to investigate and interpret a complex inheritance. Like Joan Didion's Miami, this memoir focuses on history's patterns and repetitions. It starts in the fifties and ends in the present, as the narrator searches his family’s past to understand himself.
Manzano, Roberto J., "Trying to Save the Family: A Memoir" (2019). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4054.
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