The Language of Bullets

A memoir

If you've ever watched the evening news coverage of colorful heroes and villains and wondered what kind of impact their behavior had on their children and families, this memoir will give you a close-up look at one daughter's experience.

Sara Orozco grew up thinking her father was a hero, and he was to her mother, brother, and the Cuban exile community living in Miami during the 1960s through the 1980s.

But behind that external bravado, was a man who battled three wars: a deep desire to kill Castro, an uncontrollable rage, and the ability to stay in relationships. To the young Sara, he was an unhinged rebellious cowboy trying to get back home to Cuba decades after the Bay of Pigs debacle. Living in the shadow of his volatility was intoxicating, exhausting, frightening, and sometimes very lonely.

In March of 2013, Sara received a box of her dead father's notebooks and journals dating back almost 50 years. It would take her another five years to open it. Inside, she found meticulous US military training notes, details of dozens of CIA infiltration missions into Cuba, and poems to women who broke his heart. Sara discovered that her father was a military operative trained by the US government to remove Castro from power, a license he took too far for too long.

THE LANGUAGE OF BULLETS is a story about forgiving unfathomable acts, letting go of the shame that comes with holding secrets, and ultimately compassion.