Tia Lola Stories: How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay and How Tia Lola Learned to Teach
When Miguel’s Tía Lola comes from the Dominican Republic to Vermont to help out his mami, Miguel is worried that his unusual aunt will make it even more difficult to make new friends. It’s been hard enough moving from New York City and leaving Papi behind. Sometimes he wishes Tía Lola would go back to the island. But then he wouldn’t have the...more
After a divorce, Miguel, his sister and mom must from New York to Vermont Tia Lola, a larger-than-life aunt, comes from the Dominican Republic to help out. At first, the kids are reluctant to have this relative stranger in their household, but they discover that she is a breath of fresh air who brings joy into the hou...more
I read all four books in the TIA LOLA series by Julia Alvarez and interviewed her for an AARP magazine feature story. What I loved about the books were how real the families were. Alvarez told me, "You hear all Latinos are so happy and all the generations live together and we're these perfect little families." But in these books life is a bit messier and real.
You can find the full story online: TIA LOLA FOR ALL AGES
She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach l...more