How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez
Acclaimed writer¬†Julia Alvarez‚Äôs beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up¬†in two cultures. The¬†Garc√≠a sisters‚ÄîCarla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sof√≠a‚Äîand their¬†family must flee their home in the Dominican¬†Republic after their father‚Äôs 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‚Äîand¬†not at¬†home‚Äîin America.