It’s always a great pleasure for me to share about a Cuban author whose voice I genuinely love.
ABOUT OPERATION PEDRO PAN
Some background for the story that’s not very well known outside of our Cuban community. I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating.
When Castro and his cronies took power, not only was personal property at risk of being confiscated by the new communist government, but parents were going to lose their rights over their own children.
Desperate and terrified Cuban parents made the unthinkable decision to send their children out of the country rather than risk losing them to Marxist-Leninist indoctrination.
Airplane tickets and passports were clandestinely secured. With the help of the Catholic Welfare Bureau (Catholic Charities) of Miami 14,048 (!) Cuban youths were placed in foster homes and orphanages throughout the U.S during those years.
The largest recorded exodus of unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere was known as Operation Pedro Pan. From December of 1960 to October of 1962 they left Cuba, a few at a time. The Cuban parents who sent their children out of the country didn’t know if they would ever see their children again. Many did not. About half of them were reunited with their parents.
But if you were to talk to most Pedro Pans today, they are nothing but
grateful to their parents for making this impossibly heartbreaking sacrifice.
I know many of my readers are Pedro Pans or have known someone who was a Pedro Pan. In fact, my brother was one of the first Pedro Pan children.
The story of The Red Umbrella is a historical fiction novel that follows 14 year0-old Lucia from her carefree life in a small town in Cuba to an unknown future, without her parents, in the heart of Nebraska.
It’s a subject close to Christina’s heart in that both her parents and mother-in-law were actually part of Operation Pedro Pan.
LA SOMBRILLA ROJA
I’m so pleased to report that Christina has had so much success with The Red Umbrella that it has now been published in Spanish.
I always loved finding popular books in Spanish for my mom to read. Which is how I got her to read the Harry Potter books, but that’s not important right now.
Here’s the beautiful cover of La Sombrilla Roja.
It has taken a long time to get to this point because the publishers were concerned that there isn’t a big enough market. I’m hoping you, my ever-faithful readers will prove them wrong.
Check out these gorgeous back cover quote from Dr. Carlos Eire and Margarita Engle.
Christina has graciously offered to sponsor a giveaway and a promo code for MBFCF readers.
Here’s how to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of La Sombrilla Roja. Leave a comment and answer one or all of the following questions.
- Are you a Pedro Pan?
- Are you close to someone who was a Pedro Pan?
- Do you read in English? Spanish? Both?
Leave a comment here on this post to enter. I’ll choose a winner on Monday, October 23rd at 11:00 am PST.
30 % OFF WITH PROMO CODE
For you impatient types (you know who you are) who want a copy of La Sombrilla Roja right away, go to this special link: https://www.createspace.com/7551869 and enter the promo code PE3M3B76 to receive a very generous 30% discount.
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UPDATE – Winner! 10/24/2017
Congratulations, Alex V and thank you all for sharing your beautiful stories! Alex, please send me your mailing address so we can get your book out to you ASAP!