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Eleanor Parker Sapia

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A DECENT WOMAN is the multi-award-winning novel by Puerto Rican-born writer Eleanor Parker Sapia. The book garnered Second Place for Best Latino Focused Fiction in 2017, and was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction in 2016.

Her bestselling historical novel, A Decent Woman, set in colonial Puerto Rico, was selected as July 2015 Book of the Month for Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club, and is a favorite with book clubs around the country. A Decent Woman was selected as 'Essential Boricua Reading for the 2015 Holiday Season' by Centro Voices, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.

On Justice, Cleaning Our Own Houses, and Unlearning

June 10, 2020

Content warning: You might find some of the issues I raise troubling or disturbing.

I believe this is the first time in over twenty years of writing I’ve used a content warning.

My brain is saturated. Writing always helps to clear my mind, and this blog post will go everywhere.

My personal journal entries for the past two weeks are filled with anguish, outrage, fear, and dismay. I fo

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