Published by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Distributed by IngramSpark
Pub Date February 2019
On Sale Date March 14, 2019
Ebook Pub Date April 8, 2019
Ebook On Sale Date April 8, 2019
Ebook ISBN 978-1-7326424-1-6
Book Cover/ Interior Designed by Cristina Castro Pelka
Cover Artwork by Dudley Vaccianna
Hardcover is out of print.
Daughters of the Stone
Paperback Edition with a note from the Author
The Paperback edition of Daughters of the Stone, includes a special note from the author, as well as a Readers Guide for educators and bookclubs.
A lyrical powerful debut novel about a family of Afro-Puerto Rican women spanning five generations, detailing their physical and spiritual journey from the Old World to the New.
Daughters of the Stone follows the lives of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women focusing on the legacy passed from one generation to the next. How does each generation deal with that legacy given changing environments, culture? How does the environment change the legacy? What happens to communication when language and culture are truncated? What legacy does a woman who owns nothing, not even her own body, leave for her daughter? What happens to a storyteller when she can no longer tell her stories? Can one build for the future without coming to terms with the past?
A Woman of Endurance
Literary Agent: Marie Dutton Brown
Pub Date: March 2022
Publisher: Amistad, HarperCollins
"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."
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.