I was born and raised in Maine. My mother was born in Puerto Rico, and my father's family is part Italian. My parents met and married in Maine. They're descendants of Mayflower passengers who settled in New York and Boston. At about the time of my birth, my parents retired from jobs in the Boston area and took a quiet little vacation-home, a farm in western Maine, from which my peregrinations now begin. To date, I have driven, or driven from, or bicycled, through four-fifths of the United States, and for almost as long in cities and on interstates.
I am the grandson of Mayflower passengers who settled in New York and Boston. My grandparents were born and raised in Puerto Rico. My mother was born in Maine. Her mother was born in Puerto Rico. My grandmother went back to her birthplace in Puerto Rico at age five. My mother went back to Puerto Rico in her twenties, and returned to Maine to be with my father, who was dying of cancer. My father had been an artist with an elementary school art program, and my mother thought that she would like to do art. My mother eventually opened a small gallery in her home in a wooded Maine town, about ninety minutes from Portland. That was, by letter, the beginning of something I have loved and studied all my life.
Henrquez may have begun the book wishing to return to the people she knew in Puerto Rico, but she soon finds herself among the vast "unknowns" of her own life, and she had to start over -- from scratch.
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