FIVE GENERATIONS OF AFRO-PUERTO RICAN WOMEN.

Author:Shoot, Brittany
 
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Just because a story isn't often told doesn't mean it never happened. In her first novel, Daughters of the Stone (St. Martin's Press), Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa traces five generations of female strength, resistance and survival. Beginning with African slavery in Puerto Rico and ending in contemporary New York City, Llanos-Figueroa uses her own Afro-Puerto Rican family history as a model for her characters' experiences with finding a sense of community and belonging.

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Throughout the novel, struggles with underemployment, language barriers and institutional racism mix with tales of relationships blossoming and dying. Yet between these stories are smaller accounts of land grabs, battles with mental illness and opposition to the barbarism of (white, male) academia. For every story of success, there is a setback. Nevertheless, the women in Llanos-Figueroa's...

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