Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood



Personal short stories and poems by Judith Ortiz Cofer represent a bicultural, bilingual life.

by Judith Ortiz Cofer

ISBN: 978-1-55885-015-6
Publication Date: 1991
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 168
Imprint: Piñata Books

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Silent Dancing is a personal narrative made up of Judith Ortiz Cofer’s recollections of the bilingual-bicultural childhood which forged her personality as a writer and artist. The daughter of a Navy man, Ortiz Cofer was born in Puerto Rico and spent her childhood shuttling between the small island of her birth and New Jersey. In fluid, clear, incisive prose, as well as in the poems she includes to highlight the major themes, Ortiz Cofer has added an important chapter to autobiography, Hispanic American Creativity and women’s literature.

Silent Dancing has been awarded the 1991 PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction and has been selected for The New York Public Library’s 1991 Best Books for the Teen Age.