Common Reading Program

The Red Umbrella (2011 - 2012)

The Red Umbrella Book Cover

About the Book

Cuba, 1961: Two years after the communist revolution, Lucia still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her small town, everything begins to change. Suddenly, the revolution hits home. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucia's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States…alone!

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucia struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language; a new way of life. Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she be the same girl?

Christina Diaz Gonzalez based this novel on the experiences of her parents, and of the over 14,000 other unaccompanied minors who came to the United States to escape Castro's regime in a program known as Operation Pedro Pan.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez at FIU

Christina Diaz Gonzalez

About the Author

Christina Diaz Gonzalez practiced law for several years before returning to her childhood passion for stories and writing. The Red Umbrella is her first novel. Christina lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two sons. You can visit her on the Web at

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Author Visits

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 
Adam Braun speaks at MMC
GC Ballrooms
12:00PM – 1:00PM
(book signing to follow)

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Adam Braun speaks at BBC
WUC Ballroom 
2:00PM – 3:00PM
(book signing to follow)

Contact Information

BBC AC1 180 
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL  33181

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+1 (305) 919 - 5754
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