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Aug 01, 2023 | ISBN 9780307962614

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“A powerful and heartbreakingly accurate portrait of those unimaginable hours and seemingly interminable days after [Hurricane Maria]….For those who lived through Maria, or remember their relatives’ desperate accounts, Santiago is faithful to the details, both big and small….Her book captures what it means to be a Puerto Rican amid the cycles of loss and upheaval. It also becomes a timely and important chronicle of this chapter in the U.S. territory’s history….With Las Madres, Santiago creates an indelible record of her homeland—and its resilience—during one of its toughest chapters.” 
—Sandra Lilley, NBC News

“A close-knit group of female friends finds their bonds tested and their lives upheaved by the passage of time before coming together again in Puerto Rico in this elegantly woven novel from the author of When I Was Puerto Rican.”
—Emma Specter, Vogue

“[A] dynamic and riveting novel….Santiago creates a tapestry of family, gender, race, sexuality and disability….Santiago unapologetically centers the female voice….[and] takes the reader on a visceral and gripping journey rendered in incredible detail….[A] stunning homage to Puerto Rican pride and resilience.” 
—Veronica Corpuz, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A sweeping and supple story centering three Puerto Rican women and their daughters living in the Bronx. As one of their daughters becomes curious about her background, her mother’s childhood car accidentwhich took the lives of both of her mother’s parentscomes sharply into view. Yet her mother can’t remember the tragic event. To uncover the mystery, the women plan a vacation to Puerto Rico, a place wracked by hurricanes and secrets long buried.” 
Ms. Magazine

“Santiago offers a vibrant portrayal of women supporting one another through disability and hardship.”
—Becky Meloan, The Washington Post

“In her most recent novel, Las Madres, Santiago explores a fresh perspective by highlighting the life stories of five Puerto Rican women residing in the U.S….Santiago’s intimate familiarity with these types of stories, through her own friends and siblings, adds a depth and authenticity to their narratives.” 
—Francisco Gutierrez, Latina

“Gorgeous….[Las Madres] is sprawling in scope but tightly woven as a story, and every character is richly detailed….A tapestry of love and family that is a joy to read….Santiago is a deeply gifted storyteller, capturing the depth of her characters and extending care to all of them as she grapples with themes like memory, grief, and identity.” 
—Sarah Neilson, Shondaland.com

“Esmeralda Santiago’s Las Madres is an inspiring story of women and their friendships that reminds us of our own.”
—Sandra Cisneros, author of Woman Without Shame

“Esmeralda Santiago is already a legend. With Las Madres, a rich and deeply felt novel about friendship, family secrets, belonging, and the boundless love that survives devastation, she confirms her status as an absolute icon.”
—Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

“I savored this tender novel that celebrates the power of resilienceof Luz, of las madras, las nenas and the people of Puerto Rico. Santiago’s Las Madres is full of secrets and sacrifice and moments of tension and laughter that can only come in the company of women with long histories together.  With many rich layers, this full hearted novel beautifully explores the power of human compassion and what it means to truly care for another.”
Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Olga Dies Dreaming

“An emotionally vast and resonant new novel by the brilliant Esmeralda Santiago. Oscillating between two pivotal years decades apart, Las Madres is a deep-dive into the history of modern Puerto Rico and a number of its extraordinary women—their secrets, their tragedies, and the reclamations they share. A magnificent read.”
Cristina García, author of Vanishing Maps

“A richly told and indelible story….Santiago’s…gorgeous prose is the backbone of Las Madres — it’s as expansive as it is concerned for the smallest details, an exercise in [her] masterful storytelling….Las Madres has cemented its place as a timeless story that will leave readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of what it means to navigate life as a Puerto Rican.” 
—Amaris Castillo, PopSugar

“An immersive intergenerational saga… Santiago wrings palpable emotion from her characters, and hauntingly portrays Hurricane María’s devastating effect on the island… This tenderhearted story of trauma and recovery has undeniable appeal.”
Publishers Weekly

“In 2017, Luz returns home to Puerto Rico with family and friends—the “madres” of the title—hoping to recover memories lost in a 1975 accident that took the lives of her accomplished scientist parents. The first novel in a decade from an author whose memoir When I Was Puerto Rican was a major best-seller.”
Library Journal

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