Friday, January 23, 2009

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofia came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the 1960s when their father is forced to flee from its dictator. Julia Alvarez's novel about how the Garcia girls assimilated into American culture is told in an interesting way - from the point of view of each of the girls but also sort of backwards. It begins with one of the sisters visiting the Dominican Republic as an older lady and ends with that same sister as a child before the family emmigrated. It was an interesting read about the merging of cultures but also about family dynamics.

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