In just about a month, Hispanic Heritage Month will be upon us. I was very intentional in releasing my Puerto Rican story of American assimilation at exactly this moment so that my book would correspond with HHM.
Ever since 1976, when then-President Ronald Reagan signed Hispanic Heritage Month into law, I’ve hoped for greater awareness and respect paid to my community during the thirty day period (September 15th through October 15th). I remain astounded by the lack of interest and investment. So, this year, I’m doing something about that.
I’ve published my tell-all family saga and drama in an effort to enlighten and educate about the pains and pleasures of being a Puerto Rican in the United States of America. I would be deeply grateful if you’d please consider giving my short novel a quick read in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is my hope that what I’ve written will spawn greater understanding of how we fit into our nation’s multicultural tapestry. Thank you and Gracias. NEWYORICANGIRL
LINK FOR PURCHASE: NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life
BOOK DESCRIPTION: A Spanglish girl’s gritty tale of trauma and triumph while pursuing the American dream. NEWYORICANGIRL must navigate a traumatic childhood that includes rape, her father’s abandonment and her mother’s shameful life as the mistress of a powerful CEO while also dealing with her family’s poverty and violence in the South Bronx of the 1960s. After she is moved to Manhattan, her Puerto Rican spirit is torn apart by the Jewish stepfather who forcibly adopts her at the request of her Puerto Rican mother. In spite of her blistering assimilation scars, she becomes the first college graduate in her family and tries hard to overcome the wounds of her upbringing.
Just when she believes she is putting her painful assimilated past behind her, she finds herself in New York City on September 11th 2001, when she had planned to celebrate her success in Corporate America. As the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder present themselves, NEWYORICANGIRL finds herself in the fight of her life when her mental health crisis unfolds and she is unable to distinguish the trauma of past events with the safety of her present day experience.
AUTHOR BIO: Julia Torres Barden is an award-winning journalist, former cable industry spokesperson and first college graduate in her Puerto Rican family. Her first novel, “NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life” is a mostly-true memoir presented as a novel due to the provocative content included in her book. As a survivor of childhood rape and abduction, family poverty and violence, a forced adoption and a very painful assimilation experience, she is also a survivor of 9/11 and a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.