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Portuguese American Memoir a Story of Love and Success in America - "Hello Dolly: Growing up in the late 1930s in Fall River, Massachusetts"

Meet the Silvas, a Portuguese American family of 10, growing up in 1930s and 40s America, in this entertaining new memoir. How will the family survive when their father loses his arm in an industrial accident? A story of success in the face of adversity. (published this year by Fig Tree Publishing)

Plymouth, MN, September 17, 2007 --( This fantastic memoir took 7 years to write, and the hard work pays off. In fact hard work paying off is one of the themes running through this exploration of the American Dream.

From the author:

"When you are the third child and first daughter in a family of ten children, you straddle the dual roles of fairy princess and scullery maid. One day you are seven, beautifully attired in your First Communion dress and veil, holding Papa's hand. You proudly walk through the neighborhood to visit the relatives, and graciously accept their folded dollar bills slipped into your gloved hand.

"And then you are twelve, walking these same streets, only now your hands hold a brown paper bag with a skittish chicken inside that somehow senses its imminent beheading.

"I invite you to enjoy these and other experiences which make up my life stories. What follows are memories of a happy childhood in a loving Portuguese family in Fall River, Massachusetts, in the late 1930s. I wouldn't have wanted to miss any of it.

"Welcome to my world where Portuguese is sometimes spoken and Papa wisely acknowledges that Mama knows best."

"Hello Dolly: Growing up in the late 1930s in Fall River, Massachusetts" is now available online at

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