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Jennine Capó Crucet's 'Make Your Home Among Strangers' illuminates

Jennine Capó Crucet's 'Make Your Home Among Strangers' illuminates

In her debut novel, Jennine Capó Crucet writes of Lizet Ramirez, a first-generation Cuban American from Hialeah, Fla., struggling to survive her freshman year at a prestigious private university. College is a rare ticket out of Lizet's rough neighborhood, but rising to meet its challenges forces her to abandon parts of a bold personality she honed at home. Her friends and family disapprove of these changes; the more she adapts, the louder they protest. Lizet doesn't fit in at school, either. There she encounters well-meaning professors and students determined to define her based on their own ideas of minority students. Grateful for their help in an accidental plagiarism...

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