PRESS RELEASE

PORRIDGE & CUCU: MY CHILDHOOD is a YA novel that depicts the childhood and 

adolescence of a young girl in Panama and New York.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



YA NOVEL DEPICTS 'A NEAR-IDYLLIC CHILDHOOD' IN PANAMA AND NEW YORK 

 

In her debut novel, PORRIDGE & CUCU: MY CHILDHOOD, author Yolanda A. Reid

depicts what it was like to grow up in a small Panamanian town as "a near-idyllic childhood." 

 

Historically, Panama has always been the land bridge--the isthmus--that connected

North and South America.  In more recent years, it's become a mecca of international

banking and business, a real estate haven, a popular tourist and retirement

destination.  Ultimately, Panama is a 'cultural bridge' traversed by people from every

country on the planet.

 

In this backdrop, PORRIDGE & CUCU: MY CHILDHOOD  chronicles the life of Yamila as a child--

during carnival, in a Catholic girls' school, playing with friends, navigating a bicultural

and bilingual existence, eating "porridge and cucu".  Also, a few ghost stories as told 

by her grandfather.

 

The book's cover features Panama's beautiful indigenous art--the mola--which is created by

indigenous artisans.  The cover design and book trailer are by artist/animator

Christine Yen Chong. 

  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 


Yolanda A. Reid is the author of PORRIDGE & CUCU: MY CHILDHOOD—a young adult novel about a 

young girl growing up in Panama and New York. She wrote poetry as a child.  Her second novel, 

THE HONEYEATER, is a contemporary women's novel about love, heartbreak and betrayal.  Her poems 

and short fiction have appeared in literary journals and e-zines such as “Women Writers: An E-zine,” 

“Starlight Poets” (Starlight Press), “Mija Magazine,” "Mysteries of the Lyric World," and others.  She 

writes frequently about books, writers, and authors. Her most recent blog is Y Reid Books?  at 

www.yreidbooks.blogspot.com.  She lives and writes in the USA.  


For more info, visit www.porridgeandcucu.com


                         

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