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 ...
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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While she is a renowned writer, I find Alvarez's books difficult to "get into" and follow.
Nov 16, 2007
A Fantastic Island Jewel
The first book I read of Alvarez's was for our Women?s Literature class. "In the Time of the Butterflies" was fantastic. "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" was just as good, focusing again on four sisters. This book describes their stories as they are ripped from their native home in the Dominican Republic and dropped into 1960 New York. She shifts time so often, it?s like a Tarentino film on paper-it all comes out in the end, but the timeline was thrown through a blender, so you have to pay attention. It definitely leaves your appetite whetted and wanting for more. Her fiery character Yolanda (or just plain Yo) is the main subject of another of Alvarez's books, cleverly titled "Yo".
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