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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,087 ratings  ·  575 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn’t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Flatiron Books
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Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author, favorites
I got so engrossed in this novel that I accidentally took too long of a lunch break. And then I got so engrossed again later that night that I almost forgot to leave my house to go hang out with my friend.

So yeah, I think you could say I enjoyed this book.

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Angela M
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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 couldn’t help but smile as the novel opens, picturing eleven year old Ana Cancion. It was hard to smile when at fifteen, Ana is in an arranged marriage with Juan, who is thirty two. She is sent with him to the US by her family with the hopes of “money and papers” and a better life. She didn’t want to go and it was a ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four yesss another heart-wrenching, powerful, emotional, shaking you to the cores kind of amazing story about a young woman who learn how to get out of the restraints and earn her own independence stars!

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
In anticipation of new books by Isabel Allende and Julia Alvarez this year I decided to get a heads up on my Latina amiga reading with Dominicana by Angie Cruz. Dominicana has been touted as a story of immigration for all times that every American can relate to. It has been lauded by Alvarez and Sandra Cisneros, another favorite author of mine, and even was the inaugural pick for Good Morning America’s book club. Always on the look out for fresh Latina writing, I decided to pick up a copy.

It is
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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
Elyse  Walters
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook…narrated by Coral Pena

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
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Why I love it
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.

Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I opened up “Dominicano“ on a plane and for the rest of my trip was transported to 1965 New York City. I experienced the city through the eyes of 15 year old Ana, newly married and separated from her family in the Dominican Republic. Every page felt fresh, vibrant and unpredictable!

(Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.)
“Dominicana” is loosely based on author Angie Cruz’s mother’s tale. Cruz wanted to tell the story of Dominican immigrants. Her narrator, Ana, is fifteen years old when she’s married off to a thirty-two-year-old Dominican man who resides in the USA. Ana acknowledges that her marriage is bigger than her, that the marriage will shoulder her family’s ability to leave war-torn Dominica Republic. Just before she’s married off, she has her first kiss from her neighborhood boyfriend. Ana is an innocent. ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
When BOTM issued the warning about the lack of dialogue queues I thought "hey, that's not so bad" but as I began reading it became quite distracting. However, once I got used to the style of the book I couldn't put it down! Amazing story with political undertones. It led me to research some of the history of the DR, and it's quite fascinating
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dominicana is a highly anticipated novel written by Angie Cruz, the book is definitely in my top 5 reads of this Year and I highly recommend you to grab a copy of this masterpiece!
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
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A friend of mine recommend this book to me months ago. She read it for work and told me that it was definitely going to be something I would really enjoy. So, when I got the opportunity to pick up an ARC of the book, I grabbed it. After working with the publisher to give away two copies of the book, I decided it's a great opportunity to read and whoa. The results blew me away.

Dominicana is the story of a young girl named Ana, who's about to embark to New York from the Dominican Republic to marry
Laura • lauralovestoread
4.5 stars for Dominicana!!

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
Richard Derus
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, returned

The pages turned...

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In Dominicana we meet fifteen year old Ana who lives with her family in the countryside of the Dominican Republic. Ana is part of a big a family, with her mother assuming responsibility of the children and the household- hardly taking into consideration her husband's perspective. Growing up in the 1960s a lot of persons thought the best way to "escape" and make a better life is to move to America. Ana gets this "opportunity" when one of the Ruiz brother- Juan proposes to her and makes her ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have so many thoughts roaming in my head about Dominicana. A lot of the time I wish I knew more about the culture and way of living but there was so much within the story that made it beautiful and saddening. The compassion and hope you start to feel for the main character Ana is inevitable. You watch her grow and at times I got impatient, but it was through her journey you learn of why she sacrificed so much.

The original setting of this story is in Los Guayacanes, Dominican Republic.
“I get
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

My Takeaway
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

Jessica Woodbury
A captivating story of a year in the life of Ana, a 15-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic who is married to better her family's prospects to Juan, a man twice her age who is trying to make his fortune in New York City. Stories like Ana's are still rarely told and hard to find, even though it's probably more representative of more people's experiences than most fiction you read about New York City in the late 60's. But even if you didn't already have that recommending the book, there is ...more
Andrea: NastyMuchachitaReads
Angie Cruz's mother, when told this book was inspired by her experiences, said to Angie, "Who would be interested in a story about a woman like me? It's so typical." In these pages is a story of hardship & resilience necessary to surviving the States as a migrant, a spirit that carries in most Latinx literature that focuses on immigration & perhaps feels typical. But what made this book so particularly gripping, & also prompts me to qualify with a trigger warning, is that we see this ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even after finishing the book , I can’t help thinking about Ana. It wasa beautiful book and Ana’s characterization is so wonderful. It leaves a deep impact on your mind. Her innocence, how she grows and comes of age is so beautifully written. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Maria Zuppardi
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I fell in love with every aspect of the book, and if there’s one novel you have to read before the end of 2019, this is the one.
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dominicana is GORGEOUS. Ana is in my heart forever. This story has made me an audiobook fan and I will regularly add them to my reading rotation now!

The narration is perfection. I loved how Coral Pena’s voice drew me into this exquisite story of a 15 year old Dominican girl swept up in the promises of a move to New York City. She speaks no English, and knows no-one, all while struggling to find money to send home to her family. Her unhappiness grows stronger everyday, but Ana is determined to
Carol (Bookaria)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, fiction
This was a captivating and emotional story. The main character, Ana Cancion, gets married at fifteen to Juan Ruiz in the Dominican Republic. The day after the wedding, he takes her to Washington Heights, NY to start their new life. From this unfamiliar and scary city, Ana narrates her life in the U.S.

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
Sep 10, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF due to unchecked anti blackness.
Genevieve Trono
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dominicana is a coming of age story that is set in NYC in the turbulent and bustling 1960s. Angie Cruz shares a remarkable story about a young girl named Ana. At 15, Ana was forced to marry a man twice her age and move from the Dominican Republic to America...with her family's hope, she could achieve the "American Dream".

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
"Dominicana" by Angie Cruz is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story. Set in the 1960's, fifteen year old Ana, pressured by her family, marries a man twice her age so that she can leave the Dominican Republic and achieve the American Dream for herself and, eventually, her family in New York City. Despite her hopes for fancy dresses and shoes, Ana finds her reality to be very different. Juan, her husband, is abusive, unfaithful, controlling, and often neglectful, leaving young Ana to make her own ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had seen this book on a bunch of new releases lists and although I like the cover, the description didn't sound that interesting. Then I saw it become available on my library's app and listened to the first chapter. The writing hooked me in immediately and I finished, and loved, this book.


The story takes place in both the Dominican Republic and New York City in the 1960s. The main character is Ana, a 15 year old girl who was essentially sold by her parents to a 30 year old man, Juan. He
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, faves, 2019
Hands down one of the BEST books I've read in 2019.

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
Anna Luce
DNF at 10%

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
Leah Rachel von Essen
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm torn about DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz. It was a solid work about a young Dominican woman who's married at just 15 to Juan, her family pressuring her into getting the chance to go to America and send money back home. But her life in the US is anything but ideal. Torn between the desire to run away from her boring, painful life as Juan's housewife and the desire to help her family and bring them to America, Ana struggles to find herself in New York City's streets, seeking out education, joy, and ...more
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Angie Cruz was conceived in Dominican Republic and born in 1972 in New York City's Washington Heights. She continued to travel to and from, every summer, until she was sixteen years old. She went to La Guardia High School concentrating on Visual Arts and by default decided to follow a path in Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Technology. During those four years of college, she worked as a ...more
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