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September 26th, 2010
thesmithian

Llanos-Figueroa’s first novel is a beautiful, sensual tale of mothers and daughters, love and sorrow, hardship and pride. The story begins with Fela, a tall, mute West African woman who has been sold into slavery in Puerto Rico. The only memento from her homeland is a stone imbued with her prayers and hopes to bear a child. Torn from her husband, Fela accepts the attentions of the sugar plantation owner as a surrogate. Their child, Mati, relies on the stone to guide her to her ancestral truth and her own calling as a healer.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa's book almost won a huge prize.

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