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A Woman of Endurance  

Hardcover

Literary Agent: Marie Dutton Brown 

Publisher: Amistad, HarperCollins 

On Sale Date April 12, 2022

Pages: 384

List Price: $27.99

ISBN: 9780063062221
ISBN 10: 0063062224

Cover photograph by Fabiola Jean-Louis

Publicist: Alison Cerri

A Woman of Endurance
Pub Date: April 12, 2022
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.

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Indómita

Paperback

Literary Agent: Marie Dutton Brown 

Publisher: HarperCollins Español 

On Sale Date May 10, 2022

Pages: 400

List Price: $17.99

ISBN: 9780063062276
ISBN 10: 0063062275

Cover photograph by Fabiola Jean-Louis

Publicist: Alison Cerri

Indómita
Pub Date: May 10, 2022
HarperCollins Español

El poder inolvidable de Beloved de Toni Morrison y la atmósfera evocativa de A Respectable Trade de Phillippa Gregory se combinan en esta revolucionaria novela de Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, que ilustra un aspecto poco conocido de la historia –el comercio transatlántico de personas esclavizadas en Puerto Rico– narrado a través de la experiencia de Pola, una cautiva africana utilizada como paridora de esclavos.

 

Pola, una mujer esclavizada en el Puerto Rico del siglo XIX ha sido forzada a vivir en el mundo brutalmente inhumano de las paridoras de esclavos. Golpeada y violada repetidamente, sus bebés le son arrebatados en el momento de nacer para no volver a verlos jamás. Después de un intento de fuga y una golpiza despiadada, despierta en una nueva plantación, Las Mercedes, para formar parte de su diversa comunidad negra. Pero su pasado la persigue en este nuevo hogar. ¿Podrá una mujer sobrepasar la desconfianza y la amargura? Aun cuando sobrevive a un mundo salvaje, ¿podrá volver a entablar relaciones normales o alcanzar un sentido saludable de su propia valía?

Los lectores acompañarán a Pola en su viaje hacia la sanación. De la sádica barbarie de sus experiencias iniciales,pasa a recibir compasión y apoyo de parte de una nueva comunidad revitalizante. En el camino, aprenderá a reconocer y aceptar las muchas caras del amor: el amor de madre, el amor de hija, el amor de hermana, el amor de la comunidad, y el amor propio, que debe recuperar antes de poder ofrecerse a otra persona. Indómita es una novela en la que el espíritu humano triunfa aun en las condiciones más brutales.

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Paperback Edition 

Self-published by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Distributed by IngramSpark

Pub Date February 2019

On Sale Date March 14, 2019

List Price: $18.00

ISBN 978-1-7326424-0-9

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

Publicist: Vivian M. Cotte

Daughters of the Stone
Paperback Edition with a note from the Author

The self-published 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?

NOTE:

Hardcover is out of print.