The Armor of Love and Hope. By Doris Mercado. Yasmeen Namazie, Editor. ISBN 978-1494245993. $16.95.
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses. Doris Mercado’s memoir is one of perseverance and reconciliation, reminiscent of Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and Ernesto Galarza’s Barrio Boy. Her story is partly one of family but also one of self-reliance, recounting her troubled childhood in Ponce, Puerto Rico and also poverty and homelessness in Massachusetts. What I most admired in the work was the author’s frankness, her ability to portray family truths so intimately and honestly. –John Paul Jaramillo, author of The House of Order Stories.
Kirkus Review: Mercado’s memoir chronicles how a middle child from a large family experiences love, forgiveness and hope despite a lifetime of abuse, neglect and abandonment in the mountains of Puerto Rico.
Latino biography, Mexican
American Latino biography, Latin American Latina biography, Latina
biography, Hispanic Non-Fiction, Latino Non-Fiction, Puerto Rican Non-Fiction, Latin American immigration, Latin American
biography; Hispanic Latina Non-Fiction, Latino Latina Non-Fiction, Puerto Rican
Latina Non-Fiction, Puerto Rican Non-Fiction, Latin American Latina