I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review – all thoughts and comments are my own.
If you want to read a story that will always be relevant and even more so in today’s society with everything going on, then you need this book. This was nothing short of outstanding. There were parts that were very difficult to read through but they were necessary. They were not included simply for shock factors, they were real life and real life isn’t always a pretty image wrapped in a perfect bow. It felt real, gritty, believable, and empowering.
I’m giving you a small review since I want you to read this if you have not already. It is a voice that we don’t get to hear from often so it needs to be in the spot light.
Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami. She is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, winner of a Whiting Award, a Florida Book Awards Gold Medal, and a Lambda Literary Awards finalist. Ordinary Girls was a Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Selection, a Fall 2019 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Notable Selection, a November 2019 Indie Next Pick, and a Library Reads October pick. Díaz’s work has been published in The Guardian, The Fader, Conde Nast Traveler, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Best American Essays 2016, among other publications. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kenyon Review, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A former Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and Consulting Editor at the Kenyon Review, she splits her time between Montréal and Miami Beach, with her partner, the writer Lars Horn.