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Make Your Home Among Strangers: Home

A guide for Jennine Capó Crucet's novel Make Your Home Among Strangers

World Reads for 2022

The CIC has selected the country Cuba for the 2022-2023 country focus. And the book  Make Your Home Among Strangers has been selected for the HCC World Reads for 2022.

Cuba is 2022-2023 country focus

Additional Works by Jennine Capó Crucet

Make Your Home Among Strangers

Crucet, Jennine Capó. Make Your Home Among Strangers was first published in 2016. 

 “When Lizet—the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school—is secretly accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Lizet's older sister scrambling for a place to live.

Amid this turmoil, Lizet begins her first semester at Rawlings College, but the privileged environment feels utterly foreign, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling to cope, she returns to Miami for a surprise Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family. Pulled between life at college and her family's needs, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that will change her life forever. Urgent and mordantly funny, Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the new story of what it means to be American today.”