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Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
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Jun 07, 2008

really liked it
Read in May, 2008

Written for children, this is a powerful introduction to the politics of the Dominican Republic and the horrors of living in it during the time of the dictatorship of Trujillo. Through a child's eyes, Alvarez depicts the conflict of living in a time and place where, though life seemed wonderful, things could change beyond anything imaginable.

I have only read one other book by Alvarez, "In the Time of the Butterflies." I intend to read them all. She's a wonderful writer.

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