So yeah, I think you could say I enjoyed this book.
Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/E3xnmai3gQk ...more
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
It is ...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
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 ...more
That's mostly down to the fact that Angie Cruz never earned my investment, and I d ...more
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 pregnanc ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 h ...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
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
The original setting of this story is in Los Guayacanes, Dominican Republic.
“I get ...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
Set in the 1960's. We get a glimpse into what it must feel like to be taken away from your own country and taken to a foreign country where everything is different. Having an older husband you loathe would e har ...more
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