A Wake in Ybor City
By Jose Yglesias
With a New Foreword by Rafael Yglesias
Publication Date: September 30, 1998
Bind: Trade Paperback
The year is 1958; the place, Ybor City, Florida. Mina, Clemencia, and Dolores, three aging sisters, look forward to seeing their children, in-laws, and grandchildren come for a pleasant visit to this quiet, blue-collar neighborhood that all three call home. But the calm surface of the streets hides a darker, more dangerous side. Old family rivalries, sexual intrigues, class envy, political antagonism, and even borderline criminal activity threaten the peace. No one has realized it yet, but this proud Cuban-American clan stands on the brink of a terrible fall.
Originally published in 1963, this is the 35th anniversary edition of the classic that brought the author’s name to national prominence. With an introduction by the author’s son, Rafael Yglesias, this highly autobiographical novel recounts three days in the life of a Cuban-American family in 1958 as they are confronted by a series of crises.
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The fiction of JOSE YGLESIAS (1919-1995) includes the novels Break-In (Arte Público Press, 1996), The Old Gents (Arte Público Press, 1996), The Truth About Them (Arte Público Press, 1999), Double Double (Arte Público Press, 2000), and the short story collection The Guns in the Closet (Arte Público Press, 1996). His writing has appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Atlantic, and he authored several acclaimed non-fiction works such as The Goodbye Land (Pantheon Books, 1967).