My forthcoming art-based historical novel is Cut From the Earth…
In the Year of Our Lord 1755, Portuguese tile maker and Franciscan deacon, Pêro Manuel Pires, is dedicated to freeing slaves and hiring the freedmen to work in his tile factory, a commitment rife with problems. Pêro harbors a secret designer, whose ongoing innovations of the figura de convite, an invitation figure, keeps the shop’s works in demand by Lisbon’s elite and at odds with a fellow artisan colluding with a corrupt Jesuit priest. When a commission destined for the Amazon jungle must be painstakingly reworked, and an omen is disregarded, the shop plummets into further struggle.
Cut From the Earth, the story of a Portuguese tile maker who risks everything to save slaves during The Great Lisbon Earthquake.
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