The acclaimed author of When I Was Puerto Rican continues the riveting chronicle of her emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the theaters of Manhattan. ´´Negi,´´ as Santiago´s family affectionately calls her, leaves rural Macun in 1961 to live in a three-room tenement apartment with seven young siblings, an inquisitive grandmother, and a strict mother who won´t allow her to date. At 13, Negi yearns for her own bed, privacy, and a life with her father, who remains in Puerto Rico. Translating for Mami at the welfare office in the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York´s prestigious Performing Arts High School in the afternoons, and dancing salsa all night, she seeks to find balance between being American and being Puerto Rican. At once a universally poignant coming-of-age tale, and a brave and heartfelt immigrant´s story, Almost a Woman is Santiago´s triumphant journey into womanhood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Esmeralda Santiago. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095716/bk_acx0_095716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.