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Once Upon a Quinceanera

Once Upon a Quinceanera

(2007)
Coming of Age in the USA
A non fiction book by

 
The bestselling author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents explores the phenomenon of the Latina "sweet fifteen" celebration

The quinceañera, the fifteenth birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must haves for a "quince" are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage.

In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez explores this celebration that brings a Latina girl into womanhood. She attends the quince of a young woman named "Monica" who lives in Queens, and witnesses the commotion, confusion, and potential for disaster that comes with planning this important event. Alvarez also weaves in interviews with other quince girls, her own memories of coming of age as an immigrant, and the history of the custom itself--how it originated and what has changed as Latinas become accustomed to a supersize American culture. Once Upon a Quinceañera is an enlightening, accessible, and entertaining portrait of contemporary Latino culture as well as a critical look at the rituals of coming of age and the economic and social consequences of the quince parties. Julia Alvarez's dedicated fans will be eager to hear her thoughts on this topic. It is a great book for anyone interested in American youth today--parents, teachers, and teenagers themselves.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 0-670-03873-3 / 978-0-670-03873-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 0-452-28830-4 / 978-0-452-28830-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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Audio Editions

August 2007 : UK Audio CD
Title: Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 0-14-314219-4 / 978-0-14-314219-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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July 2007 : UK Audio edition
Title: Once Upon a Quinceanera
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA
Author(s): Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Plume
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