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"...the reality is that we are all complicated, we are all nuanced. And it may take a little more time to understand that this person can encompass two worlds.” 

~ The Washington Post

"The restoration of [Pola’s] Yoruba spirituality and her deepened friendships are both touching and emotionally palpable. This harrowing story is hard to put down." 

~ Publishers Weekly

"A Woman of Endurance shows us how one woman’s warrior spriit…helps her find her way to love in all its form." 

Refinery 29

"Ms. Llanos-Figueroa is such an impressive storyteller. She examines the complexities of mother-daughter-grandmother relationships, accurately capturing the fracturing that can occur when generations clash. Her writing is arresting, her narrative fearless, her characters powerful and flawed." 

Here We Read For Fun

"In the interest of full disclosure, I know the author. She took a seminar from me in April in Tuscany...  The book combines magical realism with historical fiction. It has at least a dozen excellent female characters: strong, decisive, determined to survive. The sense of place is extraordinarily well rendered. The writing is deceptively simple... I enjoyed it greatly." 

Elizabeth George, Author

"The best fiction allows the reader to believe that the stories—critical dispatches not so far removed from reality—could be true. Llanos-Figueroa's deeply personal work is a landmark example of a people's history that, while fictionalized, is nevertheless wholly true to life." 

~  ColorLines stories

"In her first novel, Llanos-Figueroa chronicles the experiences of a seldom-discussed group, the descendants of African slaves in Puerto Rico. In a straightforward narrative style, sprinkled with magic realism, the book relates the stories passed from mother to daughter through five generations of powerful women....This commanding exploration of women's history will resonate with readers of strong African American feminist narratives like those of Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shange. With its unflinching description of slavery, it should also appeal to readers of slave narratives like Charles Johnson's Middle Passage and Manu Herbstein's Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade."

~ Andrea Kempf

  Johnson County Community College

"[Daughters of the Stone is a] compelling debut...

beautifully told by Llanos-Figueroa, this is an unforgettable saga of the magical beliefs binding one family for generations." 


San Francisco Chronicle
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LatinoUSA on NPR

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The Washington Post
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Al Día
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She Reads
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Library Journal
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Kirkus Review
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American Library Association

Booklist Review

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The Mujerista

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Ms. Magazine
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Refinery 29
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Historical Novel Society
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Publishers Weekly

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Mellon Foundation
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Primera Hora
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Hyper Allergic
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Repeating Islands

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El Nuevo Dia
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Next Avenue
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The Latinx Project
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The Reading Women Podcast

Q&A with author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Arizona Republic

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14th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards
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Temika Cage
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Electric Lit
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Sabrina Vourvoulias
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Los Afro Latinos
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The Latino Author
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Words Without Borders
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Black Pearls Magazine
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VIBE Magazine
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Centrovoices » Letras
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