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Days of Awe


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“RICH AND SONOROUS PROSE . . . Theres plenty of reason to hope for the future of a fiction that welcomes writers with such a passionate sense of the past.”

-San Jose Mercury News

On New Years Day, 1959, Alejandra San José was born in Havana, entering the world through the heart of revolution. Fearing the turmoil brewing in Cuba, her parents took Ale and fled to the shores of North America-ending up in Chicago amid a close community of Cuban refugees. As an adult, Ale becomes an interpreter, which takes her back to her homeland for the first time. There, she makes her way back through San José history, uncovering new fragments of truth about the relatives who struggled with their own identities so long ago. For the San Josés, ostensibly Catholics, are actually Jews. They are conversos who converted to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition. As Alejandra struggles to confront what it is to be Cuban and American, Catholic and Jewish, she translates her fathers troubling youthful experiences into the healing language of her own heart.

“Lyrically written, Days of Awe reflects the way Cuban Spanish is spoken with poetic rhythm and frankness.”


“An ambitious work . . . A deft talent whose approach to sex, religion, and ethnicity is keenly provocative.”

-Miami Herald

“With intelligent, intense writing, Obejas approaches . . . the heady climes of Cuban American stalwarts Oscar Hijuelos and Cristina Garcia.”

-Library Journal (starred review)


In this vibrant, lyrical novel, a woman discovers a shocking family secret: her Cuban ancestors were conversos--Jews who converted to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition.

About the Author

Like her heroine, Achy Obejas was born in Havana and came to the United States as a young child. She is a cultural writer for the Chicago Tribune. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, The Nation, Ms. Latina, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Reader, Girlfriend, High Performance, New City, and Chicago Reporter. She is the author of Memory Mambo, a novel, and We Came All the Way from Cuba So You could Dress Like This?, a collection of short stories. She is a frequent speaker at universities and community centers across the country and in Cuba.

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Obejas, Achy
Ballantine Books
New York
Catholic church
Cuban American families
Cuban American women
San Jose, Alejandro
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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8.27x5.56x.85 in. .72 lbs.

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