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Julia Alvarez

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Julia Alvarez was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated with her family to the United States in 1960. Her acclaimed first novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, received the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, was listed by Americas magazine as 1993's No. 1 bestseller in Latin America, and was named by both the ALA and The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 1991. Her second novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, was nominated for the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Literary Fiction
Julia Alvarez recommends
The House on Mango Street (1991)
Sandra Cisneros
"It's not always that a luscious writer can be a luscious reader of her own work. This must be the voice she hears in her head when she writes her magical prose."
Under the Feet of Jesus (1995)
Helena María Viramontes
"A moving, heartbreaking tale of loss and survival."
The Meaning of Consuelo (2003)
Judith Ortiz Cofer
"A bittersweet tale of the price one pays to reinvent the story handed down by one's antepasados and familia. Consuelo is both herself and every mujer, and her story her own and that of her island, torn between self-discovery and safety."
The Saint of Lost Things (2005)
Christopher Castellani
"Christopher Castellani's characters are so real they seem to leave the fog of their breath on the page!"
The Lesser Tragedy of Death (2010)
Cristina García
"[A] brave and moving tribute to a brother gone astray; with skill, unflinching honesty, and redemptive compassion, Cristina García tracks his marvelous, complex, and errant life. . . . These poems are the beautiful, painful, astonishing result of a journey to hell and back in search of the brother she loves. With this first book of poems, García, one of our best novelists and storytellers, proves herself to be a talented poet as well."
Summer Hours At the Robbers Library (2018)
Sue Halpern
"This novel presents a full cast of intriguing, complex characters and a heart-warming message about how our losses are often what allow us to connect with each other."
Fruit of the Drunken Tree (2018)
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
"A coming of age story, an immigrant story, a thrilling mystery novel, thoroughly lived and felt--this is an exciting debut novel that showcases a writer already in full command of her powers. Make room on your shelves for a writer whose impressive debut promises many more."

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