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Esmeralda Santiago's new novel 'Las Madres' explores themes of memory and home

On the left is a photograph of author Esmeralda Santiago. On the right is the cover of her new book titled "Las Madres."
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Esmeralda Santiago's newest novel is described as "a powerful novel of family, race, faith, sex, and disaster that moves between Puerto Rico and the Bronx, revealing the lives and loves of five women and the secret that binds them together."

Esmeralda Santiago is out with a new book, Las Madres, following five women as they survive – and are shaped by their experience of – Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The novel explores themes of memory and home, faith and disaster.

This hour, the acclaimed author joins us to discuss.

Plus, we take a look at efforts to ready permanent relief resources in Hartford, given the increasing prevalence of extreme weather events in Puerto Rico. Researchers estimate 13,000 people came to Connecticut from Puerto Rico in the year that followed Hurricane Maria. Dr. Charles Venator Santiago has the latest.


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