Author Paz Ellis takes readers on a cross-cultural and trans-generational journey through her childhood in New Jersey to adulthood with Plantains and the 7 Plagues, A Memoir: Half-Dominican, Half-Cuban and Full Life.
Paz insightfully describes, the complexities and contradictions of growing up in the United States to a Dominican mother and a Cuban father. From her mother’s obsessive cleaning rituals to her father’s remarkable knack for invention, this book beautifully explains what living a hyphenated-life means for so many Hispanics. She writes about what it means to be American, and Cuban, and Dominican, and having to be all of those things and only one of them… all at the same time.
Following the passing of her mother, the author finds herself on a search for meaning through not only her past, but also her mother’s. This book is about life, loss, memory, culture, and family, the glue that determines who your family actually is- love. Written with a healthy dose of wit and an abundance of sincerity, Plantains and the 7 Plagues is honest, painfully relatable, and deeply heartfelt.
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Paz Ellis has been writing since childhood. She began her journey as a writer with poetry and short stories. She wrote her first book 20 years ago, but has yet to publish it. It currently resides on her book shelves amongst the writers that have always inspired her craft. Paz recently published a memoir, Plantains and the 7 Plagues, A Memoir: Half-Cuban, Half-Dominican and Full Life. Her second book, “Just Finn” will be published in July of 2017. It is a fictional story about an autistic young man, inspired by her brother who has lived with Asperger’s Syndrome for over 45 years. “Just Finn” is the 1st of a 2-part series.
Paz lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two teenage sons on a ranch where they raise red Angus cattle. She is also a photographer and an avid reader.