A Wake in Ybor City


By Jose Yglesias
With a New Foreword by Rafael Yglesias

ISBN: 1-55885-248-4
Publication Date: September 30, 1998
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 288



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.