How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Author Julia Alvarez
ISBN-10 156512975X
ISBN-13 9781565129757
Year 2010-01-12
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Algonquin Books
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Simply wonderful Los Angeles Times Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarezs brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures Selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association it won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for books with a multicultural perspective and was chosen by New York librarians as one of twenty one classics for the twenty first century Ms Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling In this debut novel the Garca sistersCarla Sandra Yolanda and Sofaand their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their fathers role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U S A their parents try to hold on to their old ways but the girls try find new lives by forgetting their Spanish by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms For them it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new How the Garca Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at homeand not at homein America A joy to read The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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