Adiós To My Parents
Book Topics
Memoir
family history
genealogy
Mexico
Spain
Cuba
Yucatán
Guatemala
logging industry
logging camps
Hurricane Janet
Chetumal earthquake
failed marriage
political upheaval
economic sabotage
failing business
aging parents
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Adiós To My Parents : A Memoir

Award-winning journalist and author Héctor Aguilar Camín turns his focus inward in this wrenching memoir of family, memory, and absence. In this richly cyclical narrative, Aguilar Camín weaves a hypnotic genealogical personal history, following his family from their Sephardic roots in Spain, to the ports of Cuba and the logging camps of the Yucatan and Guatemala, as they endure the devastation of Hurricane Janet in 1955, the Chetumal earthquake of 1957, political upheaval, and economic sabotage brought on by Aguilar Camín's ruthless grandfather. Portraying himself as a "historian of my own emotions," Aguilar Camín bravely confronts these ghosts that haunt him, making Adiós to My Parents an essential addition not only to his own body of work, but to the literature of memoir as well.

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Foreword Reviews
Colorado Review
Cleaver Magazine
Book Topics
Memoir
family history
genealogy
Mexico
Spain
Cuba
Yucatán
Guatemala
logging industry
logging camps
Hurricane Janet
Chetumal earthquake
failed marriage
political upheaval
economic sabotage
failing business
aging parents

Reviews and Comments

  • "An astute, absorbing, deeply emotional family tale that can move, intrigue, and interest a far broader audience."
    Colorado Review
  • "Ultimately this story is about compassion and forgiveness, about cherishing the stories, and the story-tellers, themselves."
    Cleaver Magazine