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From a three-room apartment in Brooklyn, occupied by 10 family members, Esmeralda Santiago begins a journey that is both a triumphant struggle for identity and independence, and a mother's worst nightmare. Challenged by language barriers, cultural stereotypes, and the fiercely protective Mami, Santiago continues the rollicking ascent she began in When I Was Puerto Rican. By day, she perfects the role of Cleopatra at Performing Arts High School and interprets for the family at city welfare offices. At night, she accompanies her mother and sisters to Latin dance halls - but on such a strict leash that she has her first date at the age of 20. Undaunted, she makes up for lost time in a romantic apprenticeship at once hilarious and heartbreaking.

Note: This audiobook is in Spanish. Este audiolibro es en Espanol.

©1998 Esmeralda Santiago (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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Fascinating insight

Would you listen to Casi una Mujer (Texto Completo) [Almost a Woman ] again? Why?

I did listen to it twice. First, it is an interesting and entertaining insight into a sub-culture that is alien to me but very American. Second, Spanish is my second language, and the author's reading is excellent for my listening skills. Next I'll download her final book of the trilogy, "El Amante Turco."

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  • Alan
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 04-28-12

If you enjoyed Cuando Era Puertorriquena, get it.

This is a continuation of Cuando Era Puertorriquena. Moving to New York and coming of age. I found the former more enjoyable but still a well written and narrated novel. I liked the first half best. This is not the end. I hope to see our heroine grow into someone more substantial in the next episode. If you enjoyed the first book you will also enjoy this one (only not as much). Go ahead - get it! This is some great writing.

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wonderful and absorbing autobiography

Santiago writes beautifully and with insight. Her depiction of the life of young Puerto Rican immigrant is deftly told, absorbing and poignant.

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Buen libro, pero el autor usa demasiados detalles.

The narrator is a bit flat on the narration, but overall it is a good story.