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Book Title: A Decent Woman|
The author of the book: Eleanor Parker Sapia
ISBN 13: 9780996926225
Edition: Scarlet River Press
Date of issue: June 18th 2016
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Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the turn of the century...
Ana BelEn Opaku, an Afro-Cuban born into slavery, is a proud midwife, the only one in La Playa. After testifying at an infanticide trial, Ana is forced to reveal a dark secret from her past while she continues to hide a more sinister one. Pitted against the parish priest Padre VicEnte and the young DoctOr HEctor Rivera, Ana must fight to preserve her twenty-five-year career.
Serafina is a respectable young widow with two small children who marries a wealthy merchant from a distinguished family. When she's attacked during her pregnancy, she and Ana become allies in an ill-conceived plan to avoid scandal and preserve Serafina's honor.
Set against the combustive backdrop of a chauvinistic society where women are treated as possessions, Eleanor Parker Sapia explores the battle of two women defending their dignity against the pain of betrayal in a society resistant to change.
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A DECENT WOMAN is a two time award-winning novel finalist in the International Latino Book Awards for Best Historical Fiction in 2016 and Best Latino Focused Fiction in 2017.
Puerto Rican-born novelist and painter, Eleanor Parker Sapia was raised in the United States, Europe, and Puerto Rico. Eleanor's debut novel, A DECENT WOMAN, garnered Second Place for Best Latino Focused Book Fiction in the 2017 International Latino Book Award with Latino Literacy Now. The book garnered an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction, English at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles. Her bestselling historical novel, A Decent Woman, set in colonial Puerto Rico, was selected as July 2015 Book of the Month for Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club, and is a favorite with book clubs around the country. A Decent Woman was selected as 'Essential Boricua Reading for the 2015 Holiday Season' by Centro Voices, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Eleanor is featured in the award-winning anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses, edited by Mayra Calvani. Eleanor’s life experiences as a painter, counselor, alternative health practitioner, a Spanish language social worker, and a refugee case worker inspire her passion for writing. When she is not writing, Eleanor facilitates creativity groups, and tells herself she is walking El Camino de Santiago a second time. She is a proud member of PEN America and Las Comadres Para Las Americas. She is the mother of two adventurous, loving grown children and currently lives in wild and wonderful West Virginia, where she is writing her second novel, The Laments, set in 1927 Puerto RIco.
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Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the turn of the century: Ana Belén Opaku, an Afro-Cuban born into slavery, is a proud midwife and a Yoruba practitioner 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 town.
Serafina is a respectable young widow with two small children who marries an older wealthy merchant from a distinguished family. A crime against Serafina during her last pregnancy forever bonds her to Ana in an ill-conceived plan to avoid a scandal, and preserve Serafina’s honor, her new marriage, and her place in the world.
Set against the combustive backdrop of a chauvinistic society, where women are treated as possessions, A Decent Woman is the provocative story of these two women as they battle for their dignity and for love against the pain of betrayal and social change.
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