The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Aug 11, 2009 - Fiction - 215 pages
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It is 1961 and Puerto Rico is trapped in a tug-of-war between those who want to stay connected to the United States and those who are fighting for independence. For eleven-year-old Verdita Ortiz-Santiago, the struggle for independence is a battle fought much closer to home.

Verdita has always been safe and secure in her sleepy mountain town, far from the excitement of the capital city of San Juan or the glittering shores of the United States, where her older cousin lives. She will be a señorita soon, which, as her mother reminds her, means that she will be expected to cook and clean, go to Mass every day, choose arroz con pollo over hamburguesas, and give up her love for Elvis. And yet, as much as Verdita longs to escape this seemingly inevitable future and become a blond American bombshell, she is still a young girl who is scared by late-night stories of the chupacabra, who wishes her mother would still rub her back and sing her a lullaby, and who is both ashamed and exhilarated by her changing body.

Told in luminous prose spanning two years in Verdita’s life, The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico is much more than a story about getting older. In the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Annie John, it is about the struggle to break free from the people who have raised us, and about the difficulties of leaving behind one's homeland for places unknown. At times joyous and at times heartbreaking, Verdita’s story is of a young girl discovering her power and finding the strength to decide what sort of woman she’ll become.


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Review: The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico

User Review  - Deborah Blanchard - Goodreads

An endearing and compassionate coming of age story. Sarah has captured the struggles of an adolescent Puerto Rican girl with her sense of self identity with great clarity and insight. Compounded with ... Read full review

Review: The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico

User Review  - Bookworm - Goodreads

Being of Puerto Rican descent myself, I could not help but connect with The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico. Taking place during the early 1960's over the course of two years, we see this story through ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
33
Section 4
45
Section 5
61
Section 6
103
Section 7
109
Section 8
127
Section 9
143
Section 10
165
Section 11
181
Section 12
199
Section 13
207
Section 14
209
Section 15
211
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About the author (2009)

SARAH MCCOY is the family columnist for Your Health Monthly magazine and has taught writing courses at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and at the University of Texas in El Paso. As a child, she spent much time in Puerto Rico visiting her mother’s family. She lives in El Paso with her husband.


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