Many, many thanks to Meghan Holloway for her generous book review.
Elegant and evocative, Eleanor Parker Sapia’s A Decent Woman is the tale of two different women from very different classes of society who develop a deep bond of friendship. Set against the backdrop of the unforgivingly patriarchal culture of Puerto Rico in the early 1900s, Sapia’s story is a lyrical work that is both a social criticism and an exploration of the trials women have faced.
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 children, who marries an older…
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