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Publisher Comments:

The Garcías--Dr. Carlos (Papi), his wife Laura (Mami), and their four daughters, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía--belong to the uppermost echelon of Spanish Caribbean society, descended from the conquistadores. Their family compound adjoins the palacio of the dictator's daughter. So when Dr. García's part in a coup attempt is discovered, the family must flee.

They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Dominican Republic. Papi has to find new patients in the Bronx. Mami, far from the compound and the family retainers, must find herself. Meanwhile, the girls try to lose themselves--by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating being caught between the old world and the new, trying to live up to their father's version of honor while accommodating the expectations of their American boyfriends. Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez's brilliant and buoyant first novel sets the García girls free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home--and not at home--in America.

Synopsis:

It's a long way from Santo Domingo to the Bronx, but if anyone can go the distance, it's the Garcia girls. Four lively Latinas plunge from a pampered life of privilege on an island compound into the big-city chaos of New York, where they embrace all that America has to offer.

Synopsis:

Julia Alvarez's brilliant first book of fiction sets the Garcia girls free to tell their irrepressibly intimate stories about how they came to be at home — and not at home — in America.

"A warm, honest rendering of family life." --Elle Magazine

"She has beautifully captured the threshold experience of the new immigrant." --New York Times Book Review

About the Author

When she was ten years old, Julia Alvarez's family had to flee the Dominican Republic because her father had been involved in a coup against dictator Trujillo. Four months later, most of her father's co-conspirators were killed. These dangerous times and her experience of exile were formative for Alvarez as a writer: "What made me into a writer was coming to this country . . . all of a sudden losing a culture, a homeland, a language, a family . . . I wanted a portable homeland. And that's the imagination." Exile became the basis for two of Alvarez's best-selling novels: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) and its sequel, Yo!(1997). Her father's revolutionary ties inspired In the Time of the Butterflies(1994). Those novels have won many honors, including the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, ALA Notable Book of the Year, American Bookseller's "Top 10 Books to Discuss" and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. They have been translated into nine languages. Something to Declare, Julia Alvarez's first nonfiction book, a collection of her best and most influential essays, was published in 1998.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780945575573
Author:
Alvarez, Julia
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Dominican Americans
Subject:
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Dominican Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Bronx
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
986
Publication Date:
19910104
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.2 x 5.3 x 1 in 0.75 lb
Age Level:
03-UP

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Product details 336 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9780945575573 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , It's a long way from Santo Domingo to the Bronx, but if anyone can go the distance, it's the Garcia girls. Four lively Latinas plunge from a pampered life of privilege on an island compound into the big-city chaos of New York, where they embrace all that America has to offer.
"Synopsis" by , Julia Alvarez's brilliant first book of fiction sets the Garcia girls free to tell their irrepressibly intimate stories about how they came to be at home — and not at home — in America.

"A warm, honest rendering of family life." --Elle Magazine

"She has beautifully captured the threshold experience of the new immigrant." --New York Times Book Review

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