ANTONIO’S WILL, a historical novel by Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini, was released at the end of 2014. It tells the story of the first Hispanic executed on the electric chair in 1916 at the Sing Sing prison in New York. But the book goes beyond the story of a wrongful execution and a call for equal justice. The novel is filled with gripping cultural and historical content touching on turn-of-the-century Spain, Puerto Rico and New York events, uniquely presented to capture the attention and emotion of the reader, regardless of their background.
A child emigrates from Spain to Puerto Rico in 1870, adapts to a new culture, and strives through hurricanes, disease and war to become a prominent tobacco planter. With high hopes, he sends his son Antonio to Albany Law School in New York, but the young man loses his will, commits an atrocious crime, and is executed on the electric chair at…
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