Esmeralda Santiago on Conquistadora

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[REBROADCAST] In 19th century Spain, Ana Cubillas dreams of following in her ancestors’ footsteps and traveling to the new world as a Spanish conquistador.  Bestselling writer ESMERALDA SANTIAGO makes her heroine’s dreams come true in her new historical novel, Conquistadora.  Ana leaves behind her aristocratic Spanish life and makes her way to Puerto Rico where she runs a sugar plantation and faces hurricanes, slave revolts, romance and a cholera epidemic.  Puerto Rican-born Santiago tells a sprawling tale of adventure which some have compared to Gone with the Wind.  Marty talked to Santiago earlier this summer about her new novel, her intrepid protagonist, and her own life as a child growing up in Puerto Rico.

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