Livros de Ontem is pleased to present you the first book by Carolina Mesquita, "The Matriarchs," a journey through the stories of strong Portuguese women.'As Matriarcas' is a book of memories and images of villagers from the interior of Portugal. It shares the stories of strong women in our communities. Dona Maria Teresa, for example, who gave fame to the Vinhais smoker. Or Dona Amelia Pessoa, who dreamed that her children would not emigrate away from Sonim. Traditions, poems, experiences and places, threatened by eminent desertification. By knowing them we are thus instinctively loving, valuing and protecting them.