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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  16,537 ratings  ·  1,933 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 e ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Flatiron Books
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Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing story about a 15 year old girl who is forced to marry a much older man and move to NYC where she knows no one and doesn’t speak the language. It’s a story of how she grows into herself and it is beautifully told. Interesting structure that sometimes doesn’t work but still the story itself and Ana, the protagonist are terrifically interesting. Loved this.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, poc-author
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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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
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
Giorgia ~ Reads
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

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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
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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 tha
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Dominicana was one of the flattest and most poorly written things I have read in a while.  There was a sort of painful obviousness to the way this entire story was told; if you've read even a single historical fiction novel about immigration, this will offer nothing new or fresh or dynamic.  The whole thing unfolded so predictably that I don't think I experienced a single moment of tension or anxiety while reading.

That's mostly down to the fact that Angie Cruz never earned my investment, and I d
Richard Derus
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, returned

The pages turned...

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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2020
This is my fifth of the six books on this year's Women's prize shortlist and so far it is a very strong list. I really enjoyed this story, inspired by Cruz's mother, of a Dominican immigrant's first years in New York in the mid 60s as a young bride. Cruz captures the period and the situation very well, and her story is readable and quite moving in places.

The heroine Ana is expected by her family to marry Juan, whose family are regarded in the Dominican Repub
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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.

Dominicana ce
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 ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
This was a well-written story of the odyssey of 15 year-old Ana Cruz from the Dominican Republic to New York in 1962. It is moving and rather depressing, but a good read. For more about this period in the DR, don't miss the masterpiece of Mario Vargas Llosa, Feast of the Goat.

Ana is given in marriage at the tender age of 15 to a much older Juan Ruiz who promises her riches and happiness, but following their move to the promised land of New York (a rundown neighborhood in the Bronx as it turns ou
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
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction.

3.5 Stars!

The story is told in the first person by Ana. Ana's world is turned completely upside down when she is virtually forced to marry Juan Ruiz and move to America from the Dominican Republic.

When Juan asks Ana to marry him, he is thirty-two, she is fifteen. It is a marriage bereft of love. Both Juan and Ana’s family want something different from the union. Juan is looking to get the land that Ana’s family own, and Ana’s family want to emigr
Gumble's Yard
I read this book due to its longlisting for the 2020 Women's Prize - a prize for which it has now been shortlisted.

Other than a brief prologue, the book is set in 1965 and written in a simple first person present tense, the narrator a fifteen year old (Ana) from a family in the Dominican countryside. Her older sister already hooked up to a local without prospects, Ana accepts her mother’s instructions to accept a proposal of marriage from Juan (who with his brothers is something of a local big-s
Eric Anderson
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who would have thought the story of a fifteen year old girl who moves from the Dominican Republic to the United States in 1965 is exactly what I wanted and needed to read right now? Over the past several months I've been desperate to lose myself in some really good stories to temporarily avoid the difficult reality we're living through. It's such a blissful relief from the chaos and the magic of a great novel is discovering new love for a character I never could have imagined. “Dominicana” is a ...more
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 prom ...more
Peter Boyle
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
It's the mid-1960s and 15-year-old Ana lives on a farm in the Dominican Republic. Under pressure from her mother, she marries the 32-year-old Juan, a man with big business ideas who is making a go of things in New York. The plan is that Ana will get a job in the US and send money home so that the rest of her family can eventually join her. She's intimidated by the brutish Juan but feels obliged to go along with her mother's wishes. Juan turns out to be an abusive husband, and New York is overwhe ...more
(4.5) It’s easy to assume that all the immigration (/Holocaust/WWI, etc.) stories have been told. This novel is proof that that is not true. It felt completely fresh to me. Ana Canción is 11 when Juan Ruiz first proposes to her in 1961 – the same year dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated, throwing their native Dominican Republic into chaos. The Ruiz brothers are admired for their entrepreneurial spirit; they jet back and forth to New York City to earn money they plan to invest in a restauran ...more
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 h
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
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
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Dec 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dominicana tells the story of Ana, a 15-year-old from rural Dominican Republic who is married off by her family to a much older man, Juan Ruiz, with whom she moves to New York in search of a better life. The story is set in the mid 60s, a time of great political and racial turmoil in the US, and the author tries to shoehorn some events from this period into the narrative. I requested this novel because I know next to nothing about the Dominican immigrant experience in the US, and hoped Cruz's no ...more
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

Jerrie (redwritinghood)
This was a book about the immigrant experience in 1960s NYC. It was brutal and depressing at times. Unfortunately, the book was too crowded with cliches, flat characters, and irrelevant historical details. At first I thought the writing was YA, but then I realized that may have been intentional as the main character is only 15. Trigger warnings for rape and domestic violence.
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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 sal ...more

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