A Decent Woman is an historical contemporary fictional story which truly mirrors the realities of the society then and now. In my opinion, only a fool doesn't believe in spirits. I believe in One and only God but that doesn't mean I'm not aware of the shadows. In fact, we should all be aware of their presence. And for that I count only on HIM for protection. Other spiritual beliefs also know this and they have their deities (other good spirits they make alliances with) to protect themselves from the unseen (good and bad). And this is where Ana, the leading character comes in. She is an Afro-Cuban mid-wife with roots in Nigeria. Ana is also what some people might call an idol worshiper and a good witch doctor who still venerates the Virgin Mary besides her pagan beliefs. Ana becomes friends with Serafina; a young and humble Puerto Rican woman. Both carrying heavenly names, they are indeed decent women in a bias and full of red tape society.
I liked the story and looking forward to read more from this author. Now, a few things didn't always make sense to me like the time line, the fact that some of the characters were eternal students, always at the university as the years went by. That said, I'm not sure how long it took in those years to earn an higher education degree. I also wished some scenes weren't glossed over or told to us to move to the next plot. Perhaps they weren't that important to the story line or wouldn't add to it but I would have for instance wanted to read more about Ana's special day and marital vows ceremony.
To continue, in this interview, Viola Davis is who the author wishes to see play the character of Ana. If her novel makes it to Hollywood, Viola Davis would have definitely gotten away with murder in A Decent Woman . Quvenzhané Wallis and Lupita Nyong’o would also make wonderful actresses for the young and teenage Ana. Now, that will require penning character interviews on the part of Author Eleanor Parker Sapia so we can know more on Ana's early life before becoming free and some of the other important characters to the story.
Either way and aside my personal reader's demands, A Decent Woman is an unforgettable read that brings back the memory of The Triangular Commerce from my elementary History classes. I recommend it.
My rating: 3.5/5
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