Dan Lopez writes about TOWER in LARB

“Throughout the collection, Obejas grapples with the legacy of a long exile for people separated by small geographic distance but long experiential histories. For the communities in Miami, New Jersey, Chicago, and elsewhere, the metaphor of sensory loss is apt. Leaving Cuba removes a person from their community without, necessarily, providing an acceptable replacement. For those who remain, familial bonds can become uncomfortably conflated with financial support and oscillating feelings of envy and moral superiority. Both groups harbor an aspiration for reconciliation, suggesting that the Cuban impulse to leave finds its inevitable conclusion in a desire to return.”

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