"Sometime in her twenties, Jennifer De Leon asked herself, "What would you do if you just gave yourself permission?" While her parents had fled Guatemala over three decades earlier when the country was in the grips of genocide and civil war, she hadn't been back since she was a child. She gave herself permission to return--to relearn the Spanish that she had forgotten, unpack her family's history, and begin to make her own way. Alternately honest, funny, and visceral, this powerful collection follows De Leon as she comes of age as a Guatemalan-American woman and learns to navigate the space between two worlds. Never rich or white enough for her posh college, she finds herself equally adrift in her first weeks in her parents' home country. During the years to follow, she would return to Guatemala again and again, meet ex-guerrillera and genocide survivors, get married in the old cobblestoned capital of Antigua, and teach her newborn son about his roots."--Publisher's website.
Machine generated contents note: pt. I BEFORE Mapping Yolanda The White Ceilinc Round Three A Pink Dress The White Space pt. II GUATEMALA The First Day Guatemala Notebooks: Little Black Notebook The Mountain Cuatemala Notebooks: La Voz Popular Los Monolocos De La Vagina Cuatemala Notebooks: Life In The Campo Volcan Tajumulco Guatemala Notebooks: Child Workers Lucky Woman Guatemala Notebooks: Guatemalan history A Map Of The World pt. III AFTER Work Happy New Year Cyms The Story Of The Letter From My Father Mother Tongue Bridged.