Esmeralda Santiago “Conquistadora”

August 11th, 2011

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Esmeralda Santiago has written three volumes of memoir, including the acclaimed “When I Was Puerto Rican” — but she had never delved into the true story of the land of her birth.

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Now she does, in a lush novel set on a Puerto Rican sugar plantation in the mid 19th century, called “Conquistadora.” The story begins in Spain, where young Ana finds herself drawn to the small Caribbean island nation as she falls in love with Ramon, the young man who will take her there as his bride.

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Puerto Rico is not always a very hospitable place in the 1800s, and then there’s the ugly inconvenient truth about slavery, but somehow Ana finds her destiny.

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