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When Will Papa Get Home?: A Story of Hope In the Midst of Prejudice (Colorado History & Country Living) by [Larada Horner-Miller]

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Fact and fiction? The marriage of these two created this book. I found a marble in my favorite old homestead on our family ranch, and the wheels started turning.

Maria tells the story of how her father, a Mexican immigrant, was falsely accused of being a horse thief. We see how Maria deals with this tragedy and becomes a strong, independent woman moving between two languages and succeeding.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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While rummaging through her jewelry box, forty-year-old Maria encounters a blue marble and is transported back to her childhood--to the old rock-and-adobe homestead house known as "the Philly Place," named after her father, Philadelphia Gonzales. Located a few miles east of Branson in southeastern Colorado, it's where she finds herself anxiously awaiting her papa's return in 1928.

As Maria relives her past, the story explores the lives of Mexican-Americans who moved West and their struggle with prejudice and cultural barriers during the 1920s and '30s.

Maria's story is one of determination and hope. Her family fled the political chaos of Mexico only to come under a dark cloud of injustice in America. But after leaving behind the solitary life on the high plains she so loves, Maria goes on to harness the power of bilingualism and find her own path toward reconciling the past.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B018MO1S60
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 26, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4395 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 152 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 14 ratings

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Larada Horner-Miller is a poet, essayist and accomplished multi-genre author who holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Spanish and a master of education degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom. She is the accomplished author of six award-winning biographies, historical fiction, memoir, and poetry works plus three self-published cookbooks.

Her current book, Coronavirus Reflections: Bitter or Better?, is available in paperback and four e-book formats. Larada offers the reader the opportunity to look back at 2020 and the global pandemic through her prose and poetry through reading, then reflecting and responding. She addresses all the emotions she felt during this overwhelming time and leads the reader through to a self-access: bitter or better?

Her fifth book is the authorized memoir and biography of world-renown square dance caller Marshall “Flip” Flippo. Just Another Square Dance Caller, Biography of Marshall Flippo is available now in hardback, paperback and four e-book formats. Recently Just Another Square Dance Caller won two awards: Book Excellence Awards Finalist and Silver award for eLit. Book Awards.

Another recent book of hers, A Time to Grow Up-A Daughter's Grief Memoir has won many awards including being a 2018 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in the Memoir category at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and a 2018 Independent Press Distinguished Favorites Award in the Memoir category. Horner-Miller has also been a past national presenter at the Women Writing the West Conference and is currently the creator of Memoir Workshops for others who want to share their family’s legacies through words.

Larada and her husband, Lin, enjoy being nestled in the mountains above Albuquerque, New Mexico, near the village of Tijeras. When not writing books, this passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic woman loves to spend time kicking up her heels at square dancing gatherings, traveling, knitting, and reading.

As co-manager of her family’s southeastern Colorado ranch, she enjoys spending time exploring her family’s historic ranch and reminiscing with her brother and his children about their mom, dad, and granddad.

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