Book Excerpt Tour: Song of the Boricua by Olivia Castillo



Author: Olivia Castillo
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 335
Genre: Fiction


Puerto Rico an island of contradiction, serves as an enchanting backdrop following three generations of women.

Elena:  Resilient and ambitious, but trapped by duty to her children.

Maria:  Passionate and headstrong, but married to a man she does not love. Josephina: Optimistic and romantic, but in love with an alcoholic.

Isabella: Clairvoyant and spiritual, but denies her heritage and roots.

Like the land these women are held hostage, unfulfilled and unable to find their happiness. Each generation like the land is cursed. Can they defy the powerful bond of the curse and free themselves to find love everlasting?

New Author, Olivia Castillo, like the jibaros of the past weaves a tale of sorrow and joy. Castillos’ fiction is timely, offering a glimpse into the islands rich history and offering insight into the story that has plagued women for all of time, the search for true love and acceptance of self.








Dropping her lipliner, she quickly scratched Corinna’s right arm, leaving a trail of red wiggly lines. Corinna shrieked, squealing like a little pig, and ran out of the room crying.

            The oldest of the sisters, Delia, was stirring a pot of arroz con pollo over the stove while listening to Tito Puente’s new album, Dance Mania. Overhearing the commotion, she sighed, sick and tired of the constant novella between her two younger sisters. She was especially tired of Maria and her haughty ways.

            The New York winter sunset cast an eerie red light over the apartment building on Fordham Road. Mami will be home soon, Delia thought. She stopped stirring the rice for a moment to glare at Corinna, who was crouched behind the kitchen table. Delia cursed under her breath, wishing she could be anywhere else, then turned the burner off to prevent the rice from burning.

            An unapologetic Maria brazenly sashayed into the kitchen. “She got what she deserved,” Maria said, all arrogance. She grabbed a small piece of moist chicken from the pot.

            Delia turned to glare at her in exasperation. “Don’t be such a spaz, and thank your lucky stars Mami is not here yet because you would be getting such a bofetaso,” an irritated Delia shot back.



About the Author

Olivia Castillo is a New York native. After going to the prestigious Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, she went on to study graphic design at Otis Parson’s College in Los Angeles. Along with being an entrepreneur, she is the mother of three children, and grandmother of two. When not writing or spending time with her family, she travels the world and paints. Song of the Boricua is her first novel.


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