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"Poignant . . . Powerful . . . Beautifully captures the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory." —The New York Times Book Review

Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up in two cultures. The García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways as the girls try find new lives: by straightening their hair and wearing American fashions, and by forgetting their Spanish. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. Here they tell their stories about being at home—and not at home—in America.

Julia Alvarez’s new novel, Afterlife, is available now.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
January 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Algonquin Books
SELLER
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
SIZE
7.7
MB

Customer Reviews

bibliophile498 ,

Beautifully memorable!

Creatively woven tale of the four Garcia daughters' immigration to America from the Dominican Republic. Told in short story form from various characters, each story is masterfully revealing and rich in historical details.

Akistamaritza ,

very good. Download this book. Worth it;$

Very immigrants went thru same situation;)

Prosser Marine ,

Too long

Why did Julia Alvarez take eight-hundred and sixty-one pages to talk about snow?

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