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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The things we leave behind define who we are

Silvio Sirias is the award-winning author of the novels Bernardo and the Virgin, Meet Me Under the Ceiba, and The Saint of Santa Fe.

A review of The Skinny Years by Silvio Sirias

"The things we leave behind play a significant role in defining who we are. Moreover, as youth, what life forces us to jettison helps to give shape to the adults we become." This how award-winning author Silvio Sirias begins his review of my new novel The Skinny Years.

The conclusion of Sirias's review left me feeling gratified. 

"In The Skinny Years, a highly readable coming-of-age tale, Ramos y S├ínchez assures readers that when immigrants are allowed to leave behind their former selves at their own pace, renovated identities will emerge. And although these new “Americans” will carry the bruises of their efforts to assimilate, most become grateful and wise contributors to the continuing saga of the United States of America."

You can read the complete review at Silvio's blog, Tropical Perceptions.

With the often-bitter debate over immigration taking place in the U.S. and throughout the world, I am grateful to Silvio Sirias for his insights and wisdom.

The Skinny Years is now available in paperback, hardcover and e-book on Amazon. More distribution sources will follow. 

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

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