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A Decent Woman by [Parker Sapia, Eleanor]
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"Elegant and evocative, Eleanor Parker Sapia's A Decent Woman is the tale of two different women from very different classes of society who develop a deep bond of friendship. Set against the backdrop of the unforgivingly patriarchal culture of Puerto Rico in the early 1900s, Sapia's story is a lyrical work that is both a social criticism and an exploration of the trials women have faced." - Meghan Holloway, author
"A Decent Woman written by author Eleanor Parker Sapia could very well be a true story about a woman's right to freedom and independence. This historical fiction takes place in Ponce, Puerto Rico in the early 1900's. The author does an excellent job of depicting one woman's story as a midwife during a time when feminine tradition and power was usurped in the name of supposed proper administration of male governed Medicine. Within this context, Ms. Parker Sapia focuses on challenging topics such as domestic violence, prostitution, classism, and religion. She also touches on the complex intricacies of relationships between women who may not always have each other's best interests in mind due to misperceptions created by male dominance and the effect it has on women's sense of survival. The author has the strong ability to weave a realistic tale using colorful and vivid description and relatable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am sure readers who are fans of historical novels will certainly be thrilled to read A Decent Woman." - TAV
"I love historical novels, and rarely get a chance to read a well researched book that accurately portrays Puerto Rico and its people, customs and traditions. What a treat this book was! I grew up in Ponce, where most of this story takes place and remember talking to my parents and grandparents about life here during the years the story takes place in and later on, before my time. The story is totally credible, careful attention to historical details brings it to life. There are different layers to the plot, adding depth to the story, that you see evolve as the book progresses. The characters are well developed and multidimensional, showing different aspects of their personality as time goes by, you go through the book with the feeling that you actually know them. The book is unexpectedly rich in the variety of issues it addresses. It is a book about love and friendship, resilience and strength, societal structures that were deeply entrenched, stereotypes and to a degree, social hypocrisy but a warm and poignant picture emerges and involves you, the reader. You are right there with them, furious at the unfairness of some situations, rooting for the main heroines when they succeed, feeling anxious and sad when things seem to go wrong. A very good read, indeed, worth going back to it a couple more times to experience all the layers of the story." - Carmen Alfonzo

About the Author

About Eleanor:

Puerto Rican-born Eleanor Parker Sapia is the author of the award-winning historical novel, A Decent Woman, published by Scarlet River Press. Her debut novel, set in turn of the century Ponce, Puerto Rico, garnered an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction, English at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards with Latino Literacy Now, and was selected as a Book of the Month by Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club in 2015. Eleanor is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses, edited by Mayra Calvani.
A writer, artist, and photographer, Eleanor currently lives in Berkeley County, West Virginia, where she is working on her second novel, The Laments of Forgotten Souls,
 set in 1920 Puerto Rico.
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Product details

  • File Size: 2671 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Scarlet River Press (May 31, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GGS0N2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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