Daughters of the Stone

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Product Details

Price
$18.00  $16.74
Publisher
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Publish Date
Pages
338
Dimensions
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.76 inches | 1.09 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781732642409

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About the Author

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in the South Bronx, where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling skills that came naturally to the women, especially the older women, in her family. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Llanos-Figueroa taught creative writing, language and literature in the New York City school system before becoming a young-adult librarian and writer. Her first novel, Daughters of the Stone, was a Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary magazines such as Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Growing Up Girl, Afro-Hispanic Review, Pleaides, Latino Book Review, Label Me Latina/o and Kweli Journal. She lives in New York City.

Reviews

This...novel traces the lives of succeeding generations of Puerto Rican women from the 19th century onward. Though it's ambitious historical narrative is reminiscent of the Latin American boom writers, it has a distinct personality of its own. In particular, I enjoyed its feminist perspective as well as the author's tender loving care about language, a quality I find badly wanting in many a book published today.

Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Rejoice! Here is a novel you have never read before: the story of a long line of extraordinary Afro-Puerto Rican women silenced by history. In Daughters of the Stone, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa rescues them from oblivion and richly, compellingly, magically introduces them to literature-- and to the world. ¡Bienvenidas!

Cristina Garcia, Author of Dreaming In Cuban and Here In Berlin

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa's Daughters of the Stone sings as few novels can. It also tells us of a culture and nation that is under-represented in our literature: Puerto Rico. And it does so with brilliant flourishes, in a narrative both gripping and intimate. Conveying a wide sweep of history, as witnessed by several generations of women, the book has the warmth of an autobiography while sustaining a firm and stately control of technique and language.

Pen Literary Awards, 2010 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalist