Book Review: Island of Bones

Castro’s collection of twenty touching personal essays explores her experiences growing up in a strict Jehovah’s Witness household where her stepfather’s physical, sexual and mental abuse was tolerated by the Elders and her mother. Adopted as a baby into a Cuban American family, Castro grew up identifying herself as a Latina, finding out about her real heritage later in life. Whether recounting an episode of sexual harassment as a teenager making hip joints at a 3M plant or approaching collage hungry for knowledge, there is honest anger, confusion and triumph in each essay. With each story, Castro gains more depth as her life becomes a rich tapestry of learning, teaching and self-discovery told with prose and deep insight.

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