OYE WHAT I'M GONNA TELL YOU gives us an urgent glimpse into the lives of people yearning to fully understand their place in the world. Through these myriad voices, Milanés evokes a sense of the vital oral traditions that have shaped our community. These stories enrich and complicate an important, relevant conversation about what it means to exist on the hyphen -- be it that of Cuban-American or any other truly American experience. -- Jennine Capó Crucet, author of HOW TO LEAVE HIALEAH and MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS
To be of color in America is to know difference in a profound way. In Oye, What I’m Gonna Tell You, Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés writes a risky, remarkable, and necessary story collection. Milanés creates extraordinary characters each of whom is striking out for territory unknown, both geographically and personally. There is a resilience of spirit in her Cuban-American characters, who make a home that is a hybrid of two worlds. Fresh and evocative, this is the story collection you’ll want to read this year.
-Nina McConigley, author of Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award