Native country of the heart : a memoir

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Author Moraga, Cherríe
Edition First edition
Description 242 pages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-240).
ISBN 9780374219666, 0374219664
Subject Mexican American women authors
Location Main Adult Biography
Status Available


As a young woman, Elvira left California to work as a cigarette girl in glamorous late-1920s Tijuana, where an ambiguous relationship with a wealthy white man taught her life lessons about power, sex, and opportunity. As Moraga charts her mother's journey from impressionable young girl to battle-tested matriarch to, later on, an old woman suffering under the yoke of Alzheimer, she traces her own self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism and the history of her pueblo. As her mother's memory fails, Moraga is driven to unearth forgotten remnants of a U.S. Mexican diaspora, its indigenous origins, and an American story of cultural loss.

"From the pioneering queer theorist Cherríe Moraga, a memoir about her relationship with her mother, and her people"--