How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents


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.---from the publisher

336 pages                            978-1565129757                        Ages 14 and up

Keywords:  immigrants, Latina author, Latino, Latina, Latinx, immigrants, new experiences, New York, social class, historical fiction, coming of age, prejudice, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old, courage, sisters

Editor's note:  Mostly realistic fiction with some magical realism in some stories

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