Crazy Love is an experimental novel that develops many forms in one: a novel of immigration from Cuba to Florida, an epistolary novel, a novel of a child coming of age by examining his family’s past experience and an ethnic autobiography which challenges the “American Dream.” The title comes from the name of a song and reflects the musical undercurrent and structure of the book. In all, the novel is a mosaic of Cuban American culture.
“The novel belongs to a now-venerable coming-of-age-in-America tradition, yet has an urgent newness to it as the narration of a Cuban voice speaking in the majority language of an adopted land.”–Hispania
ELÍAS MIGUEL MUÑOZ, born in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, came to the United States in 1969 and spent his adolescence in Hawthorne, California. He received his M.A. (1979) and Ph.D. (1984) in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals; he has also published a collection of poetry, En estas tierras / In This Land (Bilingual Review Press, 1989), and several novels, including Crazy Love (Arte Público Press, 1988), The Greatest Performance (Arte Público Press, 1991), and Brand New Memory (Arte Público Press, 1998). He currently resides in San Luis Obispo, CA.