Jumping Off to Freedom Summary
Anilu Bernardo

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Jumping Off to Freedom Summary

Jumping Off to Freedom is a harrowing account of life under the communist government in Cuba and of the desperate escape by four people from Cuba to America. David, the central character, begins the novel in jail where he has been held for questioning about the butchering of a stateowned cow. Although he had little to do with the crime, the mere fact that he came under suspicion means that he will be watched by the government for the rest of his life. One false step and he would go to prison to stay.

Partly because of the threat to David and partly because of the sheer misery of his family's existence, David's father Miguel decides to build a boat that he and his son could use to escape to Florida where he hopes to find work and to gain the release of his wife and daughter from...

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