BOOKS

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COMING SOON!

 

A Woman of Endurance

 

Pub Date:

March 2022

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PRAISE

for

Daughters of the Stone

This first novel traces the lives of succeeding generations of Puerto Rican women from the

19th century onward.

Though its ambitious

 historical narrative is reminiscent of the Latin American boom writers, it has a distinct personality of its own. In particular, I enjoyed its feminist perspective as well as the author's tender loving care about language, a quality I find badly wanting in many a book published today.

OSCAR HIJUELOS,

Pulitzer Prize winning author of 

THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE 

Rejoice!

Here is a novel

you have never read

before: the story

of a long line of extraordinary 

Afro-Puerto Rican 

women silenced

by history. In

Daughters of the Stone, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa rescues them from oblivion and richly, compellingly,

magically introduces

them to literature— and

to the world.

¡Bienvenidas! 

CRISTINA GARCIA, Author of

DREAMING IN CUBAN and HERE IN BERLIN

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa's Daughters of the Stone sings as few novels can. It also tells us of a culture and nation that is under-represented in our literature: Puerto Rico. And it does so with brilliant flourishes, in a narrative both gripping and intimate. Conveying a wide sweep of history, as witnessed by several generations of women, the book has the warmth of an autobiography while sustaining a firm and stately control of 

technique and language.

PEN LITERARY AWARDS,

2010 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalist

ARTIST STATEMENT

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Photograph by Orlando Gonzalez

Why I Write...
 

I was born into a world of stories full of color and warmth and tragedy and magic and humor. I was born into a world of music and intuitive knowing and overpowering scents. But when I went to school, I was told that reason and logic were the only acceptable ways of knowing. Emotions clouded reality. Definitions had to be exact, measurable, black and white, no in-betweens. Keep it simple, I was told.

But I was not simple. I was a black, Puerto Rican female in a world that insisted that I be one or the other and valued none of those parts of me. After years of trying to fit my round self into a square world, I gave up. Those rules made no sense to me. And so I began to write my world, my way.


I write first and foremost because the stories I grew up reading in school bore no resemblance to the world of my family and my community. Those stories did not tell about the way the sun fell on my grandmother’s hands as she handed me my fresh bread and butter breakfast every morning or the smell on my abuelo’s skin when he came home from the cane fields. Nowhere did I see my family’s many shades of brown complexions or the sound of my mother’s voice when she called me mamita. I write because those images of my life will not allow me to be silent. I write because somewhere down the road, I’d like a little black Puerto Rican girl just like me to find herself in the world of American letters. And that little girl? She’s already waiting.

 

~ Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
 

CONTACT

For Media and Publicity Requests,

Lectures and Speaking Appearances contact: 

Vivian M. Cotte, viv@arteacreative.com

Publishers contact:

Marie Dutton Brown, Literary Agent

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