New book: Daughters of the Stone

Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa is a story about five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women who must confront the harsh realities of slavery (the book starts in the mid-1800s) and ends with the last daughter journeying to Lagos, Nigeria, a free and educated woman with stories to tell. The book puts the tradition of storytelling on a pedestal, capturing a time when rich stories were the strength and heart of who African people were when forced into captivity in the new world. Through the course of the story, a stone plays a critical role. But you have to read the book to learn how.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. She attended the NYC public school system and got her academic degrees from SUNY-Buffalo and Queens College. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling 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. Dahlma taught creative writing, language and literature in the New York City School system before becoming a young adult librarian. She has also taught creative writing to teenagers, adults and senior citizens throughout NYC while honing her own skills as a fiction writer and memoirist. Since her retirement, she has dedicated herself to her writing.

The author discusses and reads from her new novel

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,September 10, 2010.

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