Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood
Torn between the high socioeconomic status of her father and the bohemian lifestyle of her mother, Melissa Hart tells a compelling story of contradiction in this coming-of-age memoir. Set in 1970s Southern California, Gringa is the story of a young girl conflicted by two extremes. On the one hand theres life with her mother, who leaves her father to begin a lesbian relationship, taking Hart and her two siblings along. Hart tells of her moms new life in a Hispanic neighborhood of Oxnard, California, and how these new surroundings begin to positively shape Hart herself. At the opposite extreme is her fathers white-bread well-to-do security, which is predictable and stable and boring. Hart is made all the more fraught with frustration when a judge rules that being raised by two women is 'unnatural' and grants her father primary custody.
Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Bicultural; Gay/Lesbian; bicultural teenager; bicultural adult; lesbian; lesbian mother
Mexican-American / White
divorced mother and father
Spanish; moving; custody; dating; not fitting in; Hispanic foods; Mexican-American culture
Hart, Melissa, "Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood" (2009). Diverse Families. 1445.