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Almost a Woman

Narrated by: Esmeralda Santiago
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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The acclaimed author of When I Was Puerto Rican continues the riveting chronicle of her emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the theaters of Manhattan. "Negi," as Santiago's family affectionately calls her, leaves rural Macun in 1961 to live in a three-room tenement apartment with seven young siblings, an inquisitive grandmother, and a strict mother who won't allow her to date. At 13, Negi yearns for her own bed, privacy, and a life with her father, who remains in Puerto Rico. Translating for Mami at the welfare office in the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York's prestigious Performing Arts High School in the afternoons, and dancing salsa all night, she seeks to find balance between being American and being Puerto Rican. At once a universally poignant coming-of-age tale, and a brave and heartfelt immigrant's story, Almost a Woman is Santiago's triumphant journey into womanhood.

©2012 Esmeralda Santiago (P)2011 CANTOMEDIA

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I had to return after a couple hours of listening because the narration was so simple in tone. It sounded like it was being read to a group of children, and a lot of nuance was lost because of that. The story is sweet, though not riveting.