So yeah, I think you could say I enjoyed this book.
Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/E3xnmai3gQk
Young Ana didn’t know what kind of future she was about to embrace when she left her life in Dominican countryside by accepting Juan’s marriage proposal and moved to NYC in mid-60’s.
Finally she realizes that is not only a journey to another continent, city, culture, civilization but that is also ...more
In the heights
I flip the lights and start my day
There are fights
And endless debts
And bills to pay
I’m so disappointed that I found this to be disappointing, but sadly that’s the case. As you can see from above, this story reminded me a bit of another that was already done – and better . . . .
And before anyone jumps my ass and tells me these stories aren’t alike at all and . . . .
I realize that it may ...more
I totally enjoyed this coming-of-age story about Ana - a young girl who immigrants to New York....
by this wonderful Dominican author who now lives in America.
The bonus-interview with the author at the end of the Audiobook, was great, too.
Angie talks about storytelling contributing to social change.
‘This’ story, set in the 60’s was inspired by her mother.
*ANGIE* is inspiring to listen to, and very likable.
This fiction tale allows us to understand women
by Idra Novey
The best novels, I find, are books I begin for one reason and end up loving for another. That unpredictability is what makes a novel come alive for me. For many years, I have admired the vitality of Angie Cruz’s writing, and I anticipated that Dominicana would be full of dynamic scenes and fearless candor. What I didn’t expect was how intensely and often I would go on considering the resilience of its mesmerizing protagonist, Ana, after finishing this book.
(Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.)
The pages turned...
(view spoiler)[On page 48, Ana Canción gets raped by Juan, the man she's already agreed to marry in order to escape Rafael Trujillo's repressive Dominican Republic for a "better life" in New York City.
They get to New York, start a tailoring business, and Ana gets pregnant. Yay. She decides to run away from Juan, but his brother César convinces her to come back, be with him. Some things happen; Juan gets a mistress; Ana's ...more
Dominicana is the story of a young girl named Ana, who's about to embark to New York from the Dominican Republic to marry ...more
Wow this book really did sneak up on me in such a beautiful way. The vivid writing of Angie Cruz sucked me in right away, and I loved her sense of imagery to paint the picture of Dominican life. From the story of how Ana, 15 years old, and living in the Dominican Republic, but agrees to marry a much older man and move to America to help give her parents and siblings a better life in NYC.
Dominicana is a coming of age story, but so much more. From the descriptions of the ...more
The original setting of this story is in Los Guayacanes, Dominican Republic.
“I get ...more
The book tells the story of Ana a young girl from DR who's about to leave for NY and marry Juan a man twice her age! The story elaborates so perfect and it has many twists, Ana's life has been rounded with many mixed emotions and experiences rough times!
I loved the elements and the topics set in the story, the novel ...more
Angie Cruz, Dominicana
What have you done to my heart, Angie Cruz?! From the cover to the writing, I loved, loved Dominicana! When I finished reading it I could not stop thinking about Ana (major book hangover). Cruz weaved a remarkable story with complicated but fascinating individuals. I felt an instant connection with this coming of age novel, especially with Ana, the main character. Certain aspects of Ana's life reminded me of my own story. Like Ana, I married at age 15 but not in
The author did a great job with the characters, Ana narrates her surroundings so vividly that is easy to picture her apartment, the meals she cooks, the smells, the setting. The novel is about ...more
Upon her arrival, Ana ends up finding herself isolated from her family and at the mercy of a husband who neither seems to care for her or her needs. While this was a ...more
The story. Oh, this story. It made me laugh and it made me weep. And hug the ARC tight to my chest upon finishing it.
The ending was so brilliant, yet, I do hope that the author writes a sequel! POR FAVOR. Need me some Ana in the future.
The prose is luscious, vivid, and delicious. I haven't seen (i.e. read) many other authors with similar command and invocation of such rich linguistic flow. I could not peel my eyes away from the text and I ...more
Dominican-American author Angie Cruz's latest novel is powerful coming of age story encapsulating the search for the American dream. Inspired by the real-life arrival story of Cruz's own mother, fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion Ruiz is married off to a man twice her age because her family is desperately poor, struggling in the politically divisive post-Trujillo Dominican Republic and seeking a foothold in 1960's America. Ana marries feeling she has little or no choice and finds herself ...more
The first time Juan Ruiz proposes, I’m eleven years old, skinny and flat chested. I’m half asleep, my frizzy hair has busted out from a rubber band, and my dress is on backwards.
I felt completely engrossed by this novel about Ana Cancion whose future has already been set and planned by her mother. It's the kind of book that grips you and doesn't let go. It's a hard book to say that I enjoyed because of the subject matter but it's a story that really demonstrates what it's like to sacrifice ...more
I'm afraid that Dominicana didn't quite work for me. The lack of quotation marks and writing style really frustrated me.
The overabundance of phrases such as “to feel the burning low in her stomach and between her legs, his desire like a fist pushing into her crotch” and “my thighs tremble with a sudden and urgent desire to travel back in time” that come across as both syrupy and icky. The writing style in general has this sticky quality, each phrase seems to be an attempt to create ...more