New Book: Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles


As part of her book tour, Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés will be presenting her book of short stories, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles (Ig Publishers, 2009), at MacNally Robinson Booksellers at 52 Prince Street in New York City on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 7:00pm.

Ig Publishers describes the book thus: “A panoramic portrait of the Cuban community in South Florida, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles reveals the joys, tragedies, and amazing resiliency of the Cuban immigrants who arrived in the United States via the Mariel boat lift of 1980 (marielitos) and the rafters (balseros) who came a decade later. From those who assimilate successfully to those who literally die trying, you will not be able to forget the all-too-human characters in this unforgettable collection.”

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is professor of English, specializing in Latino/a literature and writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her short fiction has been anthologized in Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction (HarperCollins), Did My Mama Like to Dance? and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters (Avon Books) and New World: Young Latino Writers (Bantam).

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For Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés’ book blog, see

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