Hell's Heaven

A Metamorphosis In Costa Rica

by Anthony Florence

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/26/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9781982272128
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9781982272142
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9781982272135

About the Book

My life started in the ghetto of Roxbury, Massachusetts, a mile away from the drug-infested neighborhood where Bobby Brown came up. My father left our family when I was one. My mother had five children, one of whom died in early childhood. My mother struggled every day to feed us—I’m sure many times not feeding herself. A lot of our food and Christmas toys came from the government. Despite all her struggles, my mother did everything in her power to give me an academic edge. After I won the Boston Mayor’s Award for academics when I graduated from the sixth grade, my mother colluded with a white family to put me on an academic and cultural Rocketship. This was the point where I had to begin to navigate my path mostly on my own, as my mother’s knowledge and experience regarding my new world was very limited. All I could do was to try to hold on. I attended the University of Massachusetts and a computer electronics class at Benjamin Franklin Institute, where IBM hired me. After 20 years in the world of high technology, I became disillusioned with corporate life and moved with my family to Costa Rica, where I had the pleasure of meeting a man named Dr. Deepak Chopra, who contacted me and invited my wife and I to join him at his private lunch with the presidential candidate of Costa Rica during his one-day conference. How? People always ask me: “Why, after 17 years, did you return from the paradise of Costa Rica to the U.S.?” This is my true story.

About the Author

Anthony grew up imagining he would never scale his ghetto walls. After he won an academic award in the sixth grade, his mother and a white family sent him on a life-changing journey of no return—so they thought. Join Anthony as he navigates the culture shock from the ghetto of Roxbury, Massachusetts, to a private boarding school in Connecticut and the New York corporate world, before finally embarking on the adventure he thought would be his paradise dream in Central America.