Dreaming in Cuban | Study Guide

Cristina García

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Cristina García | Biography


Early Life and Education

Cuban American author and journalist Cristina García was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 4, 1958. Like Pilar Puente in Dreaming in Cuban, García's parents brought her to live in New York when she was a toddler, after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba. After graduating from Barnard College in 1979, García attended Johns Hopkins University, where she received a master's degree in international relations.

Early Career

García began her career as a journalist for Time magazine in 1983. She left the magazine and began focusing on writing fiction in 1990. Her debut novel, 1992's Dreaming in Cuban, was a National Book Award Finalist and the first novel published in English by a Cuban American woman. She received a Whiting Writers Award in 1996. In 1997 García published another novel, The Agüero Sisters. Like Dreaming in Cuban, García's second novel explores the complexities of Cuban and American identities for generations of families who are connected to both countries. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow (1994) and a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University (1996). She published the novel Monkey Hunting in 2003.

Later Career and Legacy

García has since written several more works, including novels, short fiction, poetry, and plays. She gives writing workshops and has held professorships at universities around the United States. Besides winning numerous awards, García's work has helped expand the literary canon to include works by Latino writers. Dreaming in Cuban has become a standard part of literary curriculum in many schools.

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