Title Profile & Character Information

Memory Mambo

Annotation
Juani Casas is obsessed with memory. Having escaped from Cuba to the United States with her irresistibly imperfect family, she is fixated on extracting the truth of her life from the nostalgic mythology of exile. Surrounded by a chorus of cousins — blood cousins and "cousins in exile" — Juani, a 24-year-old lesbian, struggles with violence, desire, and the meaning of love.

Awards
1997  Lambda Literary Awards

Characters
NameCasas, Juani
GenderFemale
OccupationLaundromat manager
TraitsCuban American
Lesbian

GenreDomestic
Fiction
TopicsFamily relationships
SettingChicago, Illinois