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Praise for En el tiempo de las mariposas
“Un libro importante... emocionalmente sobrecogedor. Alvarez nos hace un regalo cargado de rara generosidad y coraje.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Un regalo de amor sinfónico y espléndido... un magnífico tesoro para todas las culturas y todos los tiempos... una novela que celebra la corriente de vida que fluye entre las mujeres, conectándolas y dándolas coraje para luchar por la justicia y la resistencia, y corazones para amar y perdonar libremente... Julia Alvarez es una escritora asombrosa.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Maravilloso... una narración enriquecedora... entrelaza hábilmente la realidad y la ficción hasta alcanzar un sobrecogedor clímax.”—Newsweek
“Una novela con un tremendo poder... un libro bello y valiente.”—West Coast Review of Books
Praise for Once Upon a Quinceañera
“Phenomenal... indispensable. Alvarez’s novelistic eye makes Once Upon a Quinceañera an intimate, intoxicating read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A journey into experiencing a vital, exuberant ritual of modern Latino life... As an author, Alvarez is a terrific tour guide.”—The Seattle Times
“[Alvarez] brings a critical eye to long-held myths... Each page is a love song to the cultural ties that bind generations of women from a diverse group of countries.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Fascinating, exhaustively researched.”—The Washington Post
“Alvarez’s honest grappling with her caught-between-two-cultures experience is compelling.”—Entertainment Weekly
At last! A zesty, exuberant follow-up to the wildly popular How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, full of Julia Alvarez's keen observations and tender affection for her characters.
The Garcia Girls are back, most notably Yolanda, or Yo, who has grown up to be a writer. In the process, she has managed to get kicked out of college, break more than a few hearts, have her own heart broken many times, return for extended visits to the Dominican Republic her family fled when she was a child, and marry three times. She has also infuriated her entire family by publishing the intimate details of their lives as fiction.
The injured parties--her mother, her sisters, the Dominican cousins, the maid?s daughter, her teachers, her lover, want to tell their side of the story, and !Yo! hands the microphone to them. Cousin Lucinda shrugs off Yo's characterization of her as a "Latin American Barbie" with "a size three soul," saying, "Looking at her in her late 30s, knocking around the world without a husband, house, or children, I think you are the haunted one who ended up living your life mostly on paper."
This brilliant novel is a full and true exploration of a woman's soul, a meditation on the writing life, and a lyrical account of the immigrant's search for identity and a place in the world. !Yo!'s bright colors, zesty dialogue, warm feeling, and genuine insight could only come from the palette of Julia Alvarez.
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