Reblogged by Repeating Islands
Eleanor Parker Sapia’s debut novel A Decent Woman (Booktrope 2015) focuses on the lives of two women from different backgrounds but with shared experiences at the turn of the (past) century, starting in 1899 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, with the onslaught of the San Ciriaco hurricane. It explores race, class and gender in the context of the legacy of slavery.
Description: Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the turn of the century: Ana Belén Opaku, an Afro-Cuban born into slavery, is a proud midwife with a tempestuous past. After testifying at an infanticide trial, Ana is forced to reveal a dark secret from her past, but continues to hide an even more sinister one. Pitted against the parish priest, Padre Vicénte, and young Doctór Héctor Rivera, Ana must battle to preserve her twenty-five year career as the only midwife in La Playa. Serafina is a respectable young widow with two small…
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