Interview: Cecilia M. Fernandez, author of ‘Leaving Little Havana’

November 15, 2014 10:32 PM

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Cecilia M. Fernandez — college instructor, independent journalist and self-proclaimed lover of literature — did not set out to write a memoir. In fact, the book that chronicles her early years as an exile in Miami began as an essay for a nonfiction creative-writing class at Florida International University.

That first essay led to others as she completed her master’s degree, and before she knew it she had weaved the true tale of a scared 6-year-old facing a new world with parents who acted as lost as she was.

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