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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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By (author) Julia Alvarez

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 20mm | 250g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747572658
  • ISBN 13: 9780747572657
  • Sales rank: 134,506

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Yolanda Garcia is taking a trip to the Dominican Republic to revisit the country where she was born, and which her family was forced to flee for New York when she was a child. Previously privileged and wealthy, the family finds it hard to adjust to immigrant life in the Bronx, particularly their tough old-world father, Papi. As they try immerse themselves in the American way of life, Yolanda and her three sisters begin to rebel against Papi's traditions and values, each in their own way. But, however the girls may iron the curls from their hair and blend their Hispanic accents to fit in, they will always see the world through Dominican eyes. Now Yolanda needs to return one more time, to recover forgotten memories and remember that part of her she lost.

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Julia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to the United States in 1960. How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents received the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, was listed by Americas magazine as 1993's #1 bestseller in Latin America, and was named by both the ALA and the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 1991. Her second novel, In The Time Of The Butterflies, was nominated for the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other works include !Yo!, Something To Declare and In The Name Of Salome. She is also the author of children's and young adult books and poetry collections. She lives in Vermont and in the Dominican Republic, where she and her husband have a sustainable coffee farm and literacy centre.

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'Simply wonderful writing, and there's a good deal of it in this debut novel by a lively and gifted author' Los Angeles Times 'Compelling ... a classic tale of immigration ... warm and honest' Elle 'She has beautifully captured the threshold experience of the new immigrant' New York Times Book Review 'In telling this story, Alvarez treats the subjects of immigration, exile, Hispanic culture and the American Dream with a sensitive and often irreverent touch' Washington Post