Las Madres: A Novel
Esmeralda Santiago is a Puerto Rican author known for writing three groundbreaking memoirs and trans-cultural writing. Her work includes memoirs: When I was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover. Her novels include America’s Dream, the national bestseller Conquistadora, and Las Madres. Santiago creates her stories based on being a Latina Native living in the United States.
In 1975 in the areas of Puerto Rico, fifteen-year-old Luz was seriously injured in a car accident in which her parents tragically were killed. Luz then suffers and deals with the aftershock of a brain injury in which her days are filled with pain and aches, and her memory of the accident is wiped clean. She is then guided by two new friends in her life, Ada and Shirley. Now, in 2017, her estranged adult daughter, Marisol comes into Luz’s life. But despite all their careful planning, two hurricanes, back-to-back, disrupt their homecoming, and a secret is revealed that blows their lives wide open. Santiago presents a story of women’s sexuality, shame, disability, and love within a community rocked by disaster.
This book was originally published in August, 2023.
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- To learn more about Esmeralda Santiago visit: https://esmeraldasantiago.com/
Originally aired on September 17, 2023