Esmeralda Santiago’s new book ‘Conquistadora’ is out!

A new interesting book by Esmeralds Santiago, Conquistadora. It took her 10 years of investigation to write this book. The theme is intriguing. Over at Repeating Islands I found this article.

Esmeralda Santiago’s Conquistadora is now available for pre-ordering in hard cover, Kindle, and audiobook formats. It has been described as “A gorgeous epic of love, discovery, and adventure.” Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban, calls it “An enthralling epic that not only illuminates the life of one extraordinary woman, but of the great sweep of Puerto Rican history.”

Even as a young girl in nineteenth-century Spain, Ana Cubillas is drawn to the exotic island of Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de León. And in twin brothers Ramón and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there: she marries Ramón and convinces the brothers that their destiny is in the remote sugar plantation they’ve inherited on the island.

But Ana’s fantasies haven’t prepared her for the unrelenting heat, the dangers of the untamed countryside, and the slave labor on which life at Hacienda Los Gemelos depends. Despite tragedy and hardship, she remains enthralled by the island’s romance, and will sacrifice nearly everything to keep hold of the land that has become her true home.

A sensual, riveting tale—thrilling history told through the story of an indomitable, unforgettable woman.

Watch Esmeralda Santiago talk about her new book (in Spanish).

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,July 22, 2011.

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