Cristina T. Lopez-O'Keeffe
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CRISTINA T. LOPEZ-O’KEEFFE
By day, Cristina is a communications consultant with a diverse background as a public relations account executive, typist, marketing coordinator, peace corps volunteer and, currently, a freelance copywriter. Writing has always been the thread throughout her career.
By night, Cristina is a storyteller. She has been writing since she was seven years old. She writes mostly personal essays and poetry. In 2003, Cristina published her first non-fiction book, Finding Francis, about finding someone she hadn’t seen in twenty years (Author House). She is currently working on her first chapbook of poems entitled, Bunny was a Horse, and a fictional book of letters to a lost friend, Letters to Helen.
Cristina is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Ladies Who Launch, International Women Writers’ Guild (IWWG), Fresh Meadows Poets and was a resident poet at the Vermont Studio Center for November 2001. She is active as a returned Peace Corps volunteer and with groups such as Poets in Nassau.
She lives in Stewart Manor, NY with her husband, Thomas, and daughters, Dalia and Juliana.
When she was six years old, Cristina’s childhood friend, Francis, had a birthday party. She was the only one who showed up. Over twenty years later, she sets out to find him and discover why no one else ever came and why, after that party, she never saw him again. What secrets about Francis did she hope to uncover? What secrets of her own did she bring to light?
From New York to Philadelphia to New York again, Finding Francis is a hilarious journey that takes the reader into the twenty-something dating scene, the life of a nanny and the living room of an old Cuban grandmother. The search for Francis takes you into the mind of a young writer struggling to find herself as she sets out to find a childhood friend.
Finding Francis is a memoir about writing a memoir. A story that asks: Why do we yearn to find those we have lost contact with? Why do we insist on raising the dead? As individuals? As a society? What do we hope to find in the past that is lacking in our present?
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