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Yo! by Julia Alvarez
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Oct 28, 2008

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Read in January, 2008

Julia Alverez is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, a country I would would know virtually nothing about if it weren't for her books about the fictional Garcia sisters. My favorite of them is the first, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, but this third book is the runner up. This one has an unusual format. It concentrates on one of the sisters, the writer, Yolanda. Each chapter is essentially a self-contained short story by someone in Yo's life. There is one by her mother, one by a teacher, one by a lover, one by a stalker/fan of her poetry, and so on. Taken together they are like a kaleidoscope, multiple views that help us see a complex and appealing woman.

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