On Sunday, June 26, 2011, I am hosting the official launch of my latest book, Papaya Suite. Ten percent of the sales for that day will be donated to Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, where I work as Coordinator of Counseling Services. The signing will be held at the Kinship Building, 1264-B Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
My work with Esperanza is more than just a nine-to-five job. I believe that the services provided by Esperanza give critical assistance to many compromised men, women and children, and I am glad to help in whatever way possible. Esperanza offers their services to the gay and lesbian community as well as to the general population. With that in mind, I’ve chosen to launch Papaya Suite during Gay Pride month and as a wrap-up to Pride Week in Santa Fe.
Papaya Suite is a book about a woman’s adventures from adolescent self-discovery to the self-realization of adulthood. Its hero, Celeste, personifies the headstrong young adult who follows her dreams, ignoring failures and building on successes — in essence, almost romping through life. It is a light-hearted accounting of a young woman who, although growing up during the early years of the Cuban revolution, explores her attraction to other young women. Recognizing that their daughter’s inclinations were not accepted by the Revolution, her parents send her to Spain for her safety. There her exploration of life begins in earnest and continues to expand when she moves to the United States.
Papaya Suite (ISBN: 9780981930306) is currently available online from the publisher, Ediciones La Gota de Agua http://www.edicioneslagotadeagua.com/catalogoedicione .
For more information on my publications, educational and translation services, visit my website at: http://www.teresabevin.com .