Wednesday, December 12, 2018

SONG OF THE BORICUA by Olivia Castillo

SONG OF THE BORICUA by Olivia Castillo, Fiction, 335 pp., $18.95 (paperback) $.99 (kindle)


Author: Olivia Castillo

Publisher: Independent

Pages: 335

Genre: Fiction


Puerto Rico an island of contradiction, serves as an enchanting backdrop following three generations of women.

Elena:  Resilient and ambitious, but trapped by duty to her children.

Maria:  Passionate and headstrong, but married to a man she does not
love. Josephina: Optimistic and romantic, but in love with an alcoholic.

Isabella: Clairvoyant and spiritual, but denies her heritage and roots.

Like the land these women are held hostage, unfulfilled and unable to
find their happiness. Each generation like the land is cursed. Can they
defy the powerful bond of the curse and free themselves to find love

New Author, Olivia Castillo, like the jibaros of the past weaves a
tale of sorrow and joy. Castillos’ fiction is timely, offering a glimpse
into the islands rich history and offering insight into the story that
has plagued women for all of time, the search for true love and
acceptance of self.



Book Excerpt 7 –

            The screen door opened and shut with a bang as Miguel came in. “Gracias, mi fleur,” he said as he saw the breakfast laid before him. Catala smiled and began to serve him.
            “My beautiful Elena, ready for school this morning?” Miguel asked.
            “Yes, Papi,” Elena said quickly, wanting to please her father.
            “It’s getting so bad now.” Miguel shook his head. “The poverty, the lack of jobs. Elena, I was a boy when things began to change and we were hoping for something better for our beautiful country. Now look at what’s becoming of this land!” Miguel’s voice trembled a little when he spoke. “It killed your grandfather and grandmother.” He shook his head again, remembering the illness that had taken both his parents.
            Elena felt her father’s pain. It was true, Elena thought. Everywhere there was suffering. Little tin shacks now dotted the landscape. Children played in the dirt with no shoes. At night the jibaros played their sad songs about their struggles, trying to make the best of things.
            Elena saw tears begin to form in her father’s eyes. “Papi, don’t worry; I will go to the university,” she said, horrified by her father’s burgeoning tears.
            Catala hugged her husband from behind. “Oh, my sweet, don’t worry so much. We are okay.”
            Miguel turned and looked at his wife, then roughly stood up and gently pushed her aside. “Excuse me, please,” he said gruffly as he walked out of the kitchen and slammed the door behind him. Catala sat at the table and shut her eyes for a second, trying to be brave for Elena. She thought of the desperate look in Miguel’s eye and her heart ached for him. She knew that he hated that his father’s hard work had come to this.

Olivia Castillo is a New York
native. After going to the prestigious Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of
Music & Art and Performing Arts, she went on to study graphic design at
Otis Parson's College in Los Angeles. Along with being an entrepreneur, she is
the mother of three children, and grandmother of two. When not writing or
spending time with her family, she travels the world and paints. Song
of the Boricua
is her first novel.

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