Julia Mercedes Castilla Releases 'The Other America'
From Julia Mercedes Castilla comes "The Other America", a moving and, at times, humorous account that centers on a South American journey and experience in the United States. Highlighting the many challenges and frustrations common to immigrants in general, this book paints a concrete picture of people who are adjusting to a new environment not only with a different language, but with different lifestyles, moral codes and preferences.
When Pablo was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, the couple traveled from South America to the USA in order to pursue his graduate studies, Marcela tags along albeit the many what-ifs and what-might-happens to them. True to her fears, the moment they embark on their voyage, a string of misfortunes begin. Such was the fate of the young couple that their sojourn in the land of the free is plagued by seemingly endless ordeals.
They struggle to adapt to their new surroundings and the many difficulties with the language, the culture and unexpected situations. Marcela, in particular, finds herself working in jobs she never considered. As a matter of fact, she is fired from a doughnut shop for the reason that she cannot understand what they want, let alone serve what they order:
An excerpt from the book goes:
"Was it written somewhere that I was not destined to spend most of my life in the home of my ancestors or was it a twist of the wheel that shifted roads when I was not looking? I often think of the circumstances that uprooted me, my husband and future descendents, from the land, culture, family and the idiosyncrasies of my country and its people."