Welcome to this web site, which is devoted to my new book, “Silence, Storytelling, and Madness: Strategies of Resistance in Nuyorican and Other Latina Women’s Coming-of-Age Stories.”  The main chapters look at these subjects: the different kinds of silences; storytelling as resistance or as accommodation to the status quo; and madness, and whether it constitutes resistance or surrender to the culture.
    The original works on which my book is focussed include two memoirs by Esmeralda Santiago (“When I Was Puerto Rican” and “Almost A Woman”); the memoir “Silent Dancing” by Judith Ortiz Cofer; “The Ladies Gallery” by Irene Vilar; “A Perfect Silence,” by Alba Ambert; and, to a lesser degree, “Remedios,” by Aurora Levins Morales, and “Nilda” by Nicholasa Mohr.    What they have in common is that they are all by Nuyorican women (women from both Puerto Rico and the New York area), and they are about the difficulties encountered in “coming from” two or more cultures.  The earliest is “Nilda,” which came into print in 1973. 
    There are now 52 million Latinos in the United States, suggesting that current and future memoirs will be different and will not straddle cultures as these do.
    I hope you will enjoy this web site and my book.