La Finca: Love, Loss, and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island

La Finca: Love, Loss, and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island

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Many people fantasize about leaving the rat race behind for a tropical island. That’s what Corky Parker did . . . sort of. At age forty, Parker surrendered to her Swept Away meets Swiss Family Robinson fantasy of running an inn far from her home in the Pacific Northwest. She bought a group of cabins built by women in the hills of a small island in the Caribbean, and for the next twenty-plus years she and her family split their time between Seattle, where they operated a thriving media business, and what became La Finca Caribe, their eco-lodge in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Over the years La Finca Caribe, or “the Caribbean farm,” grew into a paradise of fruit trees, mockingbirds, and ocean breezes enjoyed by guests from around the world. Sketchbook in hand, Parker began to write, draw, doodle, paint, and collage a chronicle of her daily experiences as she learned from the land and from local Puerto Ricans, all while working to overcome her cultural naivete. The result is a lively, fully illustrated graphic memoir about a woman creating a new life amid wild animals, political upheaval, environmental challenges, the dot-com bust, divorce, and hurricanes, especially the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria, which led Parker to reconsider everything. Ultimately, La Finca, is a classic, unique story about trusting oneself, self-discovery, accepting disappointment and loss, and falling in love with a place.