Choosing Luisa

by Norma I García Pettit
I have been asked why I chose Luisa Torres Torres from my family tree as the protagonist for my novel.  After all, I never met her and do not even have a picture of her. My mother barely knew her own grandmother. Mom moved from Adjuntas to Ponce with her parents and brother when she was just a child. I don’t know how often she returned to Adjuntas for a visit, but considering the economy, the roads and the available transportation in the 1920s, it was probably rarely. She told me that she remembered “meeting” her grandmother once and that Luisa was brown-haired and pretty. She died in 1927, when Mom was sixteen years old.