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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Achy Obejas Narrator: Ruth Oakes Publisher: Biagi Rights Management Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Memory Mambo describes the life of Juani Casas, a 25-year-old Cuban-born American lesbian who manages her family's laundromat in Chicago while trying to cope with family, work, love, sex, and the weirdness of North American culture.

Achy Obejas's writing is sharp and mordantly funny. She understands perfectly how the romance of exile - from a homeland as well as from heterosexuality - and the mundane reality of everyday life balance each other. Memory Mambo is ultimately very moving in its depiction of what it means to find a new and finally safe sense of home.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/11/2013

    " though both of obejas's novels deal with very complicated characters with sometimes paradoxical desires and with the elusive lure of memories, i think "memory mambo" is a bit stronger because of the tangled relationship of the main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/27/2013

    " A compelling story about a Cuban-American family, but the narrator's (Ruth Oakes) fast reading and lack of inflection seriously detracted from it. Better to read the print version yourself than listen to this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/15/2013

    " Great book. Really intense at times, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 10/16/2013

    " about a cuban lesbian living in chicago, about adjusting to american culture, being a lesbian, exile, cuba . . . i read it in high school and really really liked it, a lot of strange events (at one point there is a biting of a boob in anger) great stories about life in cuba. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louisa | 8/20/2013

    " Important because Obejas questions the motivation of memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Holt | 7/12/2013

    " I don't know how to talk about my feelings about this book. It imparted important information and perspective and was suddenly upsetting to read. It's very well written. It's a book my brain will keep poking at for a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stormy | 6/19/2013

    " Enjoyed exposure to Cuban writer, one of 3 books I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 6/4/2013

    " a little too graphic in parts. crazy event towards the end that was unnecessary. like the Chicago setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/24/2013

    " I liked her writing style, the imagery, the way the non-linear writing style reflected the main characters efforts to underhand histories personal and historical. It may have tried to put too much into one book and the ending felt incomplete. But the rest was good enough to make up for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 erin | 12/28/2012

    " i kind of love and hate this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/9/2012

    " A rare gem in Latin American literature, this book portrays the difficulty of being a lesbian in the Cuban culture--probably representative of other Latino cultures. One can get a true sense of the protagonist's struggle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 natasha singh | 8/12/2012

    " At the risk of sounding trite, this is such a beautiful coming of age story about a Cuban-American lesbian who is struggling not only with her sexuality but her heritage. There are some graphic parts which are shocking to read, but these parts only add to the depth of the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liska | 6/9/2012

    " Honestly, I felt like the writing was rather empty. Where everyone else seems to see poignancy and emotion, I see attempts to fill an entire book with a story that was probably only about fifty pages long. "

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