Island of Bones: Essays


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University of Nebraska Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.4 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

What is "identity" when you're adopted as an infant by a Cuban American family of Jehovah's Witnesses? In personal essays that plumb the depths of not-belonging, Castro considers the raw materials of her adolescence and young adulthood through the prism of time to create literary alchemy in this exquisite memoir.


"Written with poetic precision, this small book lives large in memory."--Heather Seggel, ForeWord Reviews--Heather Seggel "ForeWord Reviews "
"[Castro's] book invites us to think not just about who we are, but also about how our deepest aspirations can be more powerful than the boundaries and definitions we impose upon ourselves and others."--Pamela Miller, Star Tribune--Pamela Miller"Star Tribune" (10/20/2012)
"With undeniably strong prose, Castro is equally uncompromising in her anger, intelligence, empathy, and confusion, each essay turning and enriching the one before without repetition or break in rhythm."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review--Publishers Weekly
"Throughout her life, Castro has had to redefine her identity, both to herself and to others. These powerful transformations form the backbone of this slim volume of visceral pieces."--Kirkus--Kirkus
"The essays in Island of Bones piece together an inspiring journey that challenges assumptions, statistics and long-held beliefs that shape the "public narrative" of a U.S. Latina. Indeed, through lives like Castro's, the public narrative expands to include stories of strength, perseverance and, apropos of the author's name, joy."--Rigoberto Gonzรกlez, El Paso Times-- (09/16/2012)

"Each essay in Joy Castro's Island of Bones stands alone yet lends context to the next. By the last page, you're tempted to start reading again, the better to appreciate Castro's careful array of "small fragile bones" of memory, insight and cultural history gathered in the course of a complex life."--Peg Sheldrick, Lincoln Journal Star-- (10/09/2012)