Jennine Capó Crucet

Cindy Seip

 Jennine Capó Crucet is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice book, the winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald. Her short stories have been honored with the Iowa Short Fiction Award, an O. Henry Prize, and other awards. She is an associate professor in the Department of English and the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska. In My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education (Picador), a sharp and candid collection of essays, critically acclaimed writer and first-generation American Jennine Capó Crucet explores the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born. Raised in Miami and the daughter of Cuban refugees, Crucet examines the political and personal contours of American identity and the physical places where those contours find themselves smashed. In prose that is both fearless and slyly humorous, My Time Among the Whites examines the sometimes hopeful, sometimes deeply flawed ways in which many Americans have learned to adapt, exist, and―in the face of all signals saying otherwise―perhaps even thrive in a country that never imagined them here.