A First-Generation Tale of Strife and Success
Geraldo Cadava, The New Yorker
Alejandra Campoverdi grew up with her immigrant mother, aunts, and grandparents in a crowded Santa Monica apartment. Her story is one of success won through ambition, hard work, and talent, which enabled her rise “from welfare to the White House,” as she puts it in a new memoir, “First Gen.”
“First Gen” is Campoverdi’s story, but she also wants her book to resonate with others who are the first or only person in their family, community, or social demographic group to cross a threshold. The “First and Onlys,” she calls them.