Arte Público Press has brought out a new edition of Alicia Gaspar de Alba's beautiful story of a mother’s love for her daughter. Concepción Benavidez would never have imagined that her life would turn out the way it did - indentured in a convent, escaping only to become a slave and hunted as a witch.
Concepción’s mother and father abandoned her in the convent where she worked as a scribe. Her friend, Aléndula, convinces her to escape only to be kidnapped by pirates, tortured, raped and sold as slaves in Boston. A pregnant Concepción is sold in Boston to a merchant to help his crippled father-in-law with his farm and housekeeping where the master’s daughter covets her baby. Concepción is persecuted as a witch because of her Catholic religion and her Spanish. She is falsely accused by her master’s son-in-law, people from the town and even her own daughter.
This exciting historical fiction novel is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all collections