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A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Presented in partnership with the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

9/6 Chapters 1-5
9/13: Chapters 6-11
9/20: Chapters 12-18
9/27: Chapters 19-24
10/4: Chapters: 25-26 + Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa will join the chat

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.

As we deal with the history of enslaved Africans, some readers may find passages of this book difficult to access. Please skip any portion of this book that you find triggering.
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Sep 27, 2022 07:00 PM
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