In her lyrical coming of age memoir, Daisy Hernández, the daughter of a Colombian mother and Cuban father, chronicles what the colorful women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love.
On the outskirts of New York City, Daisy starts out in English as a Second Language classes and later ends up writing for The New York Times. In between, she struggles to come out as a bisexual and rebels against her family's expectations that she become white--like the Italians. A touching and heartfelt exploration of family and identity, A Cup of Water Under My Bed is about sexuality, immigration, race and class issues, but it is ultimately a daughter's story of shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life.
"A Cup of Water Under My Bed is a wonderful, heartbreaking, necessary story for all women and men, but foremost for other women of color. I wish this book had been available for me when I was making my foolish way in my perilous twenties, but how glorious that it's available now. During a time in history when so much is said about women of color, working-class folks, immigrants, Latinas, poor people, and los depreciados, but seldom from them, Hernández writes with honesty, intelligence, tenderness, and love. I bow deeply in admiration and gratitude." – Sandra Cisneros, author of House on Mango St.
“Daisy Hernández writes with grace and clarity about the singular joys and unique pains of growing up in two worlds. A Cup of Water Under My Bed is a marriage of power and poetry.” – Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Secret Son.
Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and former executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media justice, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Ms. magazine. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.