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Published by Amistad

Pub Date April 25, 2023 

Pages: 384 

List Price: $17.99

ISBN: 9780063062238
ISBN 10: 0063062232

Cover photograph by Fabiola Jean-Louis

Publicist (A Woman of Endurance): Alison Cerri

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Narrated by: Tracey Leigh
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
Publisher: ‎HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged edition (April 12, 2022)
Language: English

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Published by Amistad (Harper Collins)

Pub Date April 12, 2022

Pages: 384 

List Price: $27.99

ISBN: 9780063062221
ISBN 10: 0063062224

A Woman of Endurance

Paperback Pub Date: April 25, 2023
ISBN 978-00630622-38

Combining the haunting power of Toni Morrison’s Beloved with the evocative atmosphere of Phillippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’s groundbreaking novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history—the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves.

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A Woman of Endurance

Available in Audio in English and Spanish

A Woman of Endurance, set in nineteenth-century Puerto Rican plantation society, follows Pola, a deeply spiritual African woman who is captured and later sold for the purpose of breeding future slaves. The resulting babies are taken from her as soon as they are born. Pola loses the faith that has guided her and becomes embittered and defensive. The dehumanizing violence of her life almost destroys her. But this is not a novel of defeat but rather one of survival, regeneration, and reclamation of common humanity. 


Readers are invited to join Pola in her journey to healing. From the sadistic barbarity of her first experiences, she moves on to receive compassion and support from a revitalizing new community. Along the way, she learns to recognize and embrace the many faces of love—a mother’s love, a daughter’s love, a sister’s love, a love of community, and the self-love that she must recover before she can offer herself to another. It is ultimately, a novel of the triumph of the human spirit even under the most brutal of conditions. 

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A Woman of Endurance

A Woman of Endurance is a marvelous gift and a complete triumph. The women in this novel create themselves and build paths toward a self-defined freedom. Llanos-Figueroa has given us a love letter that was lost among the many receipts and historical narratives told only by the victorious. 

Dahlma's prose is a poetic hurricane, A Woman of Endurance is an exquisite jewel of a novel. No other writer addresses our African roots with such luminous intensity.

President/Founder of Creative Justice Initiative Inc.

Bodega Dreams and Taína 

The horrific enslavement of more than 15 million Africans from West and Central Africa to build the Americas carried many untold stories. Pola's is one of those stories that insisted on being told.

Award-winning poet and author of

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