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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
New and upcoming books
   Homecoming (poems) (1984)
   The Woman I Kept to Myself (poems) (2004)
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Julia Alvarez recommends
Family Lore (2023)
Elizabeth Acevedo
"Elizabeth Acevedo's Family Lore is a sweeping multi-generational story of a family of women whose special powers have helped them overcome personal, familial, and historical challenges that both bond them together and at times threaten to pull them apart but ultimately navigate them into the full abrazos of love. Acevedo is in full command of her special powers as a storyteller of compassionate, capacious and lyrical imagination. Make room on your shelves, readers, for this strong new voice with an old soul and a deep well of understanding of who we wonderfully are for the brief time we are beings."
Dona Cleanwell Leaves Home (2023)
Ana Castillo
"Ana Castillo is de primera storyteller... Her voice is distinctive-zany, knowing, rhythmic, with its very own mix of Latino - U.S. of A. cadences... able to hold our attention from the first to last page."
Neruda on the Park (2022)
Cleyvis Natera
"Cleyvis Natera had me in her thrall from beginning to end. Neruda on the Park speaks to so many of our current challenges with moral imagination, grace, and wickedly good, page-turning storytelling."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Julia Alvarez
Snapshots (2000)
20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction
edited by
Janet Berliner and Joyce Carol Oates
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (1998)
Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales
edited by
Kate Bernheimer

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