Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up in two cultures. The García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways as the girls try find new lives: by straightening their hair and wearing American fashions, and by forgetting their Spanish. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. Here they tell their stories about being at home—and not at home—in America.
Set in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby portrays the lavish and superficial world of the American Jazz Age. Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire, tries to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, amidst […]
Normal People follows the intertwined lives of Marianne and Connell from their school days in a small Irish town to their years at university in Dublin. As they navigate their complex relationship, marked by love, […]