by Ana-Maurine Lara
Set in the age of urbanization in the Dominican Republic over the course of several lifetimes, Erzulie’s Skirt is a tale of how women and their families struggle with love, tragedy and destiny. Told from the perspectives of three women, Erzulie’s Skirt takes us from rural villages and sugar cane plantations to the poor neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, and through the journey by yola across the sea between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It is a compelling love story that unearths our deep ancestral connections to land, ritual and memory.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ana-Maurine Lara is an an award-winning author. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals including Calalloo, The Encyclopedia Project, Sable LitMag and Torch Magazine. Her debut novel Erzulie's Skirt was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist in 2007; her second (unpublished) novel received Third Prize for the 33rd Annual Chicano/Latino Literary Prizes. Lara is a Cave Canem Fellow and a member of The Austin Project, a collaborative workshop between artists, activists and scholars. Lara coordinates We are the Magicians, the Path-breakers, the Dream-makers LGBTQ POC Oral History Project. Currently, she is working on a Ph.D. at Yale University in African American studies and anthropology.
[Photo copyright © 2006 by Krissy Mahan.]
© 2006 by Ana-Maurine Lara
Cover art copyright © 2006 by Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Cover design: E.M. Corbin