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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
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Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. A novelist, poet, and essayist, she is the author of nineteen books, including How the Garc a Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies--a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Selection--Yo!, Something to Declare, In the Name of Salome, Saving theWorld, A Wedding in Haiti, and The Woman I Kept to Myself. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the 2000 Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library's 1996 program "The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez." A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm-literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.

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Fifteen tales vividly chronicle a Dominican family's exile in the Bronx, focusing on the four Garcia daughters' rebellion against their immigrant elders. (June)

YA--Mature readers will appreciate the efforts of the four Altagracia sisters to adopt American ways while maintain ing their Dominican heritage. Covering the years 1960-1989 in reverse chronol ogy, the 15 stories highlight such salient events as a nervous breakdown, prob lems with husbands and boyfriends, clashes with parents because of chang ing values, career choices, and sibling rivalry. While several adult situations are described, Alvarez's ability to show the girls' innermost thoughts will en able YA readers to empathize with their process of assimilation.--Arlene Bath gate, R. E. Lee High School, Spring field, VA

This rollicking, highly original first novel tells the story (in reverse chronological order) of four sisters and their family, as they become Americanized after fleeing the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. A family of privilege in the police state they leave, the Garcias experience understandable readjustment problems in the United States, particularly old world patriarch Papi. The sisters fare better but grow up conscious, like all immigrants, of living in two worlds. There is no straightforward plot; rather, vignettes (often exquisite short stories in their own right) featuring one or more of the sisters--Carle, Sandi, Yolanda, and Fifi--at various stages of growing up are strung together in a smooth, readable story. Alvarez is a gifted, evocative storyteller of promise.-- Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va.

"A clear-eyed look at the insecurity and yearning for a sense of belonging that are a part of the immigrant experience . . . Movingly told." --The Washington Post Book World "Subtle . . . Powerful . . . Reveals the intricacies of family, the impact of culture and place, and the profound power of language." --The San Diego Tribune --The Washington Post Book World "Poignant . . . Powerful . . . Beautifully capture[s] the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory." --The New York Times Book Review --The San Diego Tribune "[A] joy to read." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer --The New York Times Book Review

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