Thursday, February 28
Swept away from a tiny agricultural village in Puerto Rico to a crowded snow-covered urban street in Hartford, Connecticut, on her wedding day in January 1952, Ana endured a long, painful struggle to establish her true identity as the daughter of a wealthy Puerto Rican sugarcane plantation owner.
Ana Aurea is part gripping mystery, part loving memoir, crafted by her daughter Madelyn Colon, who captures both Hartford and Puerto Rico at a tumultuous time of economic and cultural change.
Madelyn Colon, Farmington resident, shares her experience of using Ancestry.com (at the public library) to unravel her family’s mysteries. Her research prompted her to write her mother’s story. Her completed book, printed by a small run press, is a loving memoir about race and class in Puerto Rico in the 1930’s. Madelyn shares both her research and writing process at this event.Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.