Conquistadora - Esmeralda Santiago

I’m a sucker for a well-developed, strong woman character and Esmeralda Santiago delivers one beautifully in her well-paced historical novel, Conquistadora (Knopf, $27.50). Set in mid-eighteenth-century Spain and Puerto Rico, the novel focuses on Ana, a well-born woman alienated from her patrician Spanish peers and yearning for adventure; she dreams of following in the footsteps of her conquistador forebears. Where her ancestors relentlessly searched for gold, Ana searches for something more valuable for a woman in the 1800s: she wants to carve out a piece of the earth for herself. Exerting an iron will, she works to steer her destiny by using the men around her, traveling to Puerto Rico to run a sugar plantation, and doing all she can to make it a success. Santiago evokes the region’s lush landscape and populates it with solid characters—especially with a protagonist readers will be compelled to follow into the tropical wilderness.

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ISBN: 9780307388599
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012