by María Jiménez Peña Tonkiss
Recollections of Mother… I can still hear her saying, “Adelante, María! Never go backward, only forward, María!” In 1920, Esperanza, sixteen, an abused orphan, penniless and alone, ventured from her birthplace, Vieques, Puerto Rico, to New York to embark on a new life. In the face of murder, prejudice and betrayal… her tenacity, sacrifices and hopes enabled her and her descendants to achieve “The American Dream.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
María was born on Long Island, New York, and has spent her professional life there. She taught Spanish for thirty-one years in the Patchogue-Medford School District and was an adjunct professor of Dowling College. Retired, she enjoys driving her 1930 Model A Roadster. This is María’s first book. ¡Adelante! was going to be a memoir for her children, but it has taken on a life of its own. It has become her retirement “Adventure”: making presentations using her mother’s biography to encourage troubled multiethnic students and people in general to make the right choices – above all, never give up on your hopes and dreams. She lives on Long Island, volunteers at Southside Hospital, Bay Shore, and travels extensively. She is a member of The Round Table at Stony Brook University and The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
(2006, paperback, 132 pages)