Angie Cruz in Conversation with Lupita Aquino
- September 21, 2022
The author of How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water comes to DC on Sat., Sept. 24th, at 3 p.m.!
Write this down: Cara Romero wants to work. Cara thought she would work at the factory of little lamps for the rest of her life. But when, in her mid-50s, she loses her job in the Great Recession, she is forced back into the job market for the first time in decades. Set up with a job counselor, Cara instead begins to narrate the story of her life. Over the course of 12 sessions, Cara recounts her tempestuous love affairs, her alternately biting and loving relationships with her neighbor Lulu and her sister Angela, her struggles with debt, gentrification and loss, and, eventually, what really happened between her and her estranged son, Fernando. As Cara confronts her darkest secrets and regrets, we see a woman buffeted by life but still full of fight.
Structurally inventive and emotionally kaleidoscopic, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water is Angie Cruz’s most ambitious and moving novel yet, and Cara is a heroine for the ages.
Cruz is the author of the novels How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, Soledad, Let It Rain Coffee, and Dominicana, which was shortlisted for the Women's Prize and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. She is founder and editor in chief of Aster(ix), a literary and arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
Cruz will be in conversation with Lupita Aquino. Aquino -- better known as Lupita Reads -- is a passionate literary enthusiast amplifying and highlighting books written by authors of color through her Instagram blog. She currently lives in the greater Washington, DC, area, and you can find her on Instagram at @lupita.reads, on Twitter at @Lupita_Reads, or catch her writing about books for She Reads dot com or via her column in the Independent.
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