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When Will Papa Get Home?: A Story of Hope In the Midst of Prejudice (Colorado History & Country Living) Kindle Edition
An Mexican immigrant family's life changed in one day!
- 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards “Finalist” – Historical Fiction Category
- 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards “Finalist” – Historical Fiction Category
This poignant historical novel takes you to the high plains of southeastern Colorado, where a Mexican-American girl grows up knowing that her father has been imprisoned for ten years for something he didn’t do.
Maria is taken back to her childhood home when she comes across a blue marble in her jewelry box. She remembers herself as an eight-year-old girl playing with the marble while waiting for her father to return to the rock-and-adobe homestead house her family had built with their own hands.
Based on the tale of “the Philly Place” that author Larada Horner-Miller has heard her whole life, this novel imagines the life of the person who might have left that very same blue marble behind, to be discovered by Horner-Miller while exploring her family ranch many decades later.
Through the fictitious daughter of a man named Philadelphia Gonzales, this novel relates the experiences of a Mexican-American community struggling to live the American dream while surrounded by often-hostile Anglos. Yet, amid the prejudice and injustice are many who are kind and welcoming. These characters, along with Maria’s own determination and personal growth, create an inspiring, uplifting tale.
I couldn't put it down. Such a story of love, of injustice. You will need a hanky for sure. The pictures add a really good touch to make you see and feel what the homestead was like. Keep up the good work Larada. KATZ
A nostalgic tale of hardship and injustice, but unending family love, courage and determination. Could not stop reading - kept checking out the pictures and enjoyed being there. Feelings of heartbreak and happiness.Gale Askren
Delightful story of a Mexican family homestead in southern Colorado. Though they face the same trials as many who roughed the conditions on the plains, they faced racial prejudice too with dignity and grace. Memorable characters and beautiful descriptions of local places! A quick but satisfying read for history lovers. Jennifer Brown
I enjoyed this book and recommend it, especially for anyone who feels a certain nostalgia for "home" and enjoys learning the history of particular areas and people. This is an easy read which gives insight into painful emotions, healing, and the meaning of home. Cheryl A. LePlatt
Stories our families tell us about their past reach a deep place in our hearts. This story is wonderful. We don't get to live on raches or in the wilderness. We don' t get to appreciate the magic of a lonely little girl making friends with a horny toad. But Larada is able to take us to these places and she does it with the warmth you feel when Harold's arms encircle Elva. Sherrie Crandal
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From the Author
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.
From the Back Cover
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,877,139 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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