Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Triana, Gaby.
New York : HarperCollins, 2005
ISBN 0060560215
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The Cuban culture is alive and well in Miami.  But Isabel Diaz can't wait to escape it all.  She is spending the summer teaching art at a summer camp and looking forward to going away to college.  She can't wait to escape her mother's overbearing, overprotective attitude.  And she is going to college way up in Michigan so her mother will no longer be in the picture.  Her mother has very narrow ideas of how a Cuban American girl should act.  But Isabel wants to be her own person.  When her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Isabel has to come to terms with what is really important in her life.
SUBJECTS:     Identity -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Cuban Americans -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Miami (Fla.) -- Fiction.
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