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Worm : a Cuban American odyssey  Cover Image Book Book

Worm : a Cuban American odyssey / Edel Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, Edel, (author,, illustrator.).


"A stunning graphic memoir of a childhood in Cuba, coming to America on the Mariel boatlift, and a defense of democracy, here and there. Hailed for his iconic art on the cover of Time and on jumbotrons around the world, Edel Rodriguez is among the most prominent political artists of our age. Now for the first time, he draws his own life, revisiting his childhood in Cuba and his family's passage on the infamous Mariel boatlift. When Edel was nine, Fidel Castro announced his surprising decision to let 125,000 traitors of the revolution, or "worms," leave the country. The faltering economy and Edel's family's vocal discomfort with government surveillance had made their daily lives on a farm outside Havana precarious, and they secretly planned to leave. But before that happened, a dozen soldiers confiscated their home and property and imprisoned them in a detention center near the port of Mariel, where they were held with dissidents and criminals before being marched to a flotilla that miraculously deposited them, overnight, in Florida. Through vivid, stirring art, Worm tells a story of a boyhood in the midst of the Cold War, a family's displacement in exile, and their tenacious longing for those they left behind. It also recounts the coming-of-age of an artist and activist, who, witnessing American's turn from democracy to extremism, struggles to differentiate his adoptive country from the dictatorship he fled. Confronting questions of patriotism and the liminal nature of belonging, Edel Rodriguez ultimately celebrates the immigrants, maligned and overlooked, who guard and invigorate American freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250753977 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 125075397X (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 293 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Insurrection -- El Gabriel -- The ideologue -- The beret -- Parasite -- The spy -- The kitchen -- Chevrolet -- The plan -- Farewell -- El mosquito -- The wait -- Nature boy -- Ref -- New York City -- The return -- Enemy of the people -- The big lie -- The promise.
Awards Note:
Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Honor, 2024
Subject: Rodriguez, Edel > Childhood and youth > Comic books, strips, etc.
Cuban American artists > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
Political refugees > United States > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
Political socialization > Cuba > History > 20th century > Comic books, strips, etc.
Cuba > Social conditions > 20th century > Comic books, strips, etc.
Cuba > Politics and government > 1959-1990 > Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre: Historical comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Autobiographical comics.

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at Kenton County.


  • 1 current hold with 3 total copies.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch 741.5973 R696w 2023 (Text) 33126025767041 New YA Graphic Novels On holds shelf -
Erlanger Branch 741.5973 R696w 2023 (Text) 33126025767066 New YA Graphic Novels Available -
Independence Branch 741.5973 R696w 2023 (Text) 33126025767058 New YA Graphic Novels Checked out 03/20/2024

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