Friday, July 30, 2010

Christina Diaz Gonzalez En la Libreria Vroman Pasadena

En el 1959 se gritaba
- Paredon Paredon Paredon
En el 1980 se gritaba
- Que se vayan que se vayan

Cristina Diaz Gonzalez

The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl’s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution.

In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution’s impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía’s parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.A year after the communist revolution, fourteen year old Lucia still leads a carefree life in Cuba thinking only of parties and boys. But this all changes on the day the soldiers arrive in her small town and she is forced to face certain truths about her family, friends and country.

As the weeks pass and the effects of the revolution are felt all around, Lucia’s parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States… alone. In a new country, away from her parents, what will Lucia do with her newfound freedom? Will she ever see her parents or her home again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

This story is loosely based on the author’s own parents’ experience and that of over 14,000 other children who were part of Operation Pedro Pan – the largest exodus of unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez
The Author: Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Location: Miami, FL

Although Christina grew up in a very small Southern town (it didn’t have a McDonald’s until she was ten), her Cuban parents instilled a pride in her heritage that she now shares with her readers. Christina moved to Miami, Florida while in high school and later went on to study law in Madrid and then graduated from Florida State University College of Law. Yet, she always felt that her true passion was for books and not for legal memoranda. With the encouragement of her large extended family (think My Big Fat Greek Wedding except everyone is speaking Spanish) she pursued her dream and is now ready for the release her debut novel, THE RED UMBRELLA.

Author Visit Information:

Christina is available for speaking engagements (in Spanish or English) at conferences and schools in the U.S. Please visit her website at for more information.

Please join the Cuban Kids from the 60s Exodus Saturday July 31st at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena for a Red Umbrella book signing event.
The author of the Red Umbrella Christina Diaz Gonzalez will be on hand to sign and talk about the book.

Christina has expressed an interest with meeting with the Pedro Pan in the area to get our impression of the book.

Please join us on in giving Christina a huge Pedro Pan welcome on July 31st.

July 31 at 6:30pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

Until we meet again!

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