Obsessed by human stories, Latina novelist Yolanda Garcia has managed to put herself at the center of many lives. Thrice married, she's also managed to remain childless while giving very public birth to her highly autobiographical writing. She's famous for it. Now her characters want a chance to tell their side of it. And tell it they do! Everybody who's ever bee...more
julia alvarez created a masterpiece that is deep, at times dark, but extraordinarily engaging.
for me, it is the relate-able aspect of the story that draw me in. not to mention the splendid use of dominican culture throughout the whole book.
the setting spans from the luxurious and mesmerizing new england area in the 60s to the exotic, foreign and mystical land of hispaniola.
i would definitely recommend this to everyone. this is the kinda book that i will read over ...more
I found this method of story-telling really fascinating. How can you really tell a story from one person's perspective and keep bias-free? You might as well show all sorts of biases, opinions, perspectives, whatever, and that will, perhaps, paint a fuller picture.
I think Julia Alvarez specializes in translating Dominican women into a United States culture. Or maybe the beauty is that she doesn’t translate them, but that she refuses to. That she fin ...more
The book YO! A girl that grows into a woman named Yolanda, Each chapter/per ...more
However, as I read, I grew to like the book a lot. The author employs a chronological storytelling, starting from the present and going deep into the past, back to where it all started, just like in How the Garcia Girls Los ...more
I was so impressed by the authors use of outside perspective to depict such a fascinating main character. I feel like the picture of Yo was painted so vivdly by means of so many people that come and go from one's life. I was very sad upon finishing, especially after the chapter from the dad's point of view. It rounded itself out with Yo being a child crying, and Yo as a middle age woman crying. Dunno why but something about that was pretty powerful. Definitely a good read.
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