Cicada's Song: A Memoir

Luz Hernandez, University of Texas at El Paso


Cicada’s Song is a true account of my coming-of-age as a first-generation Colombian-American girl growing up as the only child of two loving parents—one of whom abused me sexually for eleven years, while the other stood by without intervening. Yet the story is not one of resentment, blame, or self-pity. Rather, it is one of identity, self-reliance, survival, forgiveness, and love. Through a series of memories, essays, statements, and poems, the memoir invites the reader on a voyage through my childhood and youth, with stops in my both present-day and recent past, in the hopes that he will see the world—and the individuals in it, including himself—from a different perspective. It seeks to illustrate the point that we all have a past that shapes us but does not define us, that each of us is on our own, individual journey, and that it is up to us to choose our destination.

Subject Area

Creative writing|Biographies

Recommended Citation

Hernandez, Luz, "Cicada's Song: A Memoir" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI13883012.