Magazine features Esmeralda Santiago’s new novel

Chronogram Features Esmeralda Santiago

The Hudson Valley’s Chronogram, a magazine focusing on the arts and entertainment, recently featured Puerto Rican writer Esmeralda Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican). Here are excerpts with a link to the full review below:

Esmeralda Santiago is in transit. This isn’t unusual for the bestselling author, who often commutes between northern Westchester and coastal Maine, but in the weeks since her new novel Conquistadora (Knopf, 2011) was published, her travel map has included a bicoastal swath of American cities.

Conquistadora’s book tour began in Puerto Rico, where most of the novel is set—and where Santiago’s memoirs When I Was Puerto Rican (Da Capo, 1993) and Almost a Woman (Vintage, 1999) are frequent flyers on high school curricula. The reception was “awesome, amazing. Big crowds,” Santiago reports. “Readers love to tell me their own family stories. My signings are marathon affairs. They like to talk, I like to talk—it can go on for hours.”

Set in the mid-19th century, Conquistadora launches a projected series following multiple generations of the same family through the twists and turns of Puerto Rican history. Its complex, willful heroine, Ana Cubillas, dreams of leaving her native Spain for the island where one of her ancestors landed with Ponce de Leon. Marrying one of a pair of identical twins who covertly share her affections, she becomes mistress of an ill-fated sugar plantation, Hacienda los Gemelos.

Read full article @ Repeating Islands

 

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,September 19, 2011.

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