Making Callaloo in Detroit (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
Hernandez’:s characters sing and dance, curse and love, and cook and eat. A niece races to make a favourite family dish correctly for an uncle in the hospital, three friends watch an unfamiliar and official-looking man in the neighbourhood, lovers and daughters cope with sudden deaths of the men in their lives, a man who can no longer speak escapes his life in imagination and families gather to celebrate the new year with joyful dancing against a backdrop of calypso music. Hernandez’:s stories reflect the diversity of characters to be found at the intersection between cultures while also offering a window into a very particular and rich Caribbean culture that survives in the deepest recesses of Detroit.
In addition to being a compelling and colourful read, Making Callaloo in Detroit explores questions of how we assimilate and retain identity, how families evolve as generations pass, how memory guides the present and how the spirit world stays close to the living. All readers of fiction will enjoy this lush collection.
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