First Person Fiction
Call Me Maria
By Judith Ortiz Cofer
(Orchard, Hardcover, 9780439385770, 144pp.)
Publication Date: October 2004
From the award-winning author of AN ISLAND LIKE YOU, winner of the Pura Belpre Award
Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. While her mother remains on the island, Maria lives with her father, the super of their building. As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself.
In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope.