“My upbringing is probably most remarkable for its transitions, and in many ways change has been the leitmotiv of my life ever since. We were constantly moving, so I went to a different school every year. Every year I had to make new friends and get used to new faces, new bullies, new girls, and new teachers. I lived in Bogota, Columbia till I was five; then Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, east Elmhurst, Astoria, and Jamaica, Queens; Manhattan’s East Village, West Village, uptown, downtown, midtown. Pick any of the many armpits of New York, and I’ve lived there.
My parents kept moving, but I found them.” (174)