Grandma Josefina and the Heroic Boy

Young Adult - General
68 Pages
Reviewed on 06/13/2013
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Author Biography

Poet, writer, thinker, Joseph P. Policape was born in Haiti and arrived in Nyack, New York in the early 1980s. In the mid 80’s he moved to Massachusetts where his higher education took place with focus on business, Computer Technology, and theology, but the love of writing had always been a permanent love. Policape is the author of three poetry collections, a short story book and a novel. He is an author that cannot be ignored as he captures people’s lives through his multiple disciplinary talents as a writer, poet, minister and counselor.

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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

"Grandma Josefina and the Heroic Boy" tells a story sure to please readers. In her youth, Josefina Bergin was adored by everyone, and that included her mother and the family servant assigned to take care of her, Liliane. Liliane traces her roots to a community of voodoo practitioners to whom she owes her life after her family was wiped out by a plague. The young and beautiful Josefina, on the other hand, belongs to a family of Christians, but Liliane – proud of her heritage – is determined to create a witch out of Josefina. She has successfully done so, and Josefina continues to live her life normally until one day a grandson is born to her family – one she fears may just ruin her secret life as a witch. As soon as the boy Jaclyn is born with a mark on his face, Josefina is frightened and determined to get him out of her way. Will she succeed?

Stories of good battling evil abound in the market, but Joseph Policape paints one in a landscape filled to the brim with the color of Haitian culture – it is a story of spiritual warfare between a woman and her grandson that extends even beyond death. It is unfortunate how a precocious child as Josefina turns into a wicked character later in her life, but this serves as a lesson for all to remain good. Policape’s Christian inclinations are evident in the book, as well as his in-depth knowledge of a culture that is engaged in a struggle between traditions and change – and all that makes this book quite worthwhile.