Alyson Hansen


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Multiculturalism, Cuban-American, cultural heritage, storytelling

Document Type

Book Review


When Antonio's father fled Cuba, he built a boat and sailed all of his family and friends safely to America. Not really, but that's the story Antonio likes to tell. The truth is that his father immigrated to the United States in the 1960s and married Antonio's Irish mother. Therefore, Antonio is an Irish-Cuban-American born in Boston. Growing up in a bilingual culture, he often felt confused and torn between his cultural identities. As a teen, Antonio rejected his Cuban heritage and lost the Spanish language altogether. Several years later, his grandmother forced him to learn it again, and Antonio was thankful she did. After that, he embraced his cultures and found the value of exploring all of his identity. Antonio became a famous storyteller. His experiences have been heard by many, and now they live on in print form for all to enjoy.