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RETURN TO SENDER

RETURN TO SENDER, a novel, ages ten and up (and up!), by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary

Saving the World

Saving the World by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary

In The Time of the Butterflies

In The Time of the Butterflies: a novel by Julia Alvarez -- click for book summary
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In the Name of Salomé

(Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2000)

From the moment I heard the story of Salomé Ureña, I was intrigued. Born in 1850 to a humble family, this young woman of mixed race managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to become la musa de la patria. But her fame came with a high personal price: a tragic love story, an early death. One thing leads to another when you're writing: in the process of researching Salomé's life, I discovered that her only daughter, Camila, taught Spanish for years at Vassar College and during the summers at Middlebury College, where I am now a writer-in-residence. In 1960, Camila, then 63, gave up tenure and headed for Cuba to join a literacy brigade—an inexplicable and extraordinary choice for a woman who seemed very settled in her quiet, academic life. You wouldn't know it from reading the official stories, but Latin America has had its share of amazing women.

In the Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez
see this book on Amazon.com:
hardcover  *  paperback
en español: hardcover
paperback
or you may be able to get an
autographed copy at
Middlebury College Bookstore
or Vermont Book Shop

see also: Penguin Book Club Reading Guide
Book Excerpt at Algonquin.com
Interview at BookReporter.com

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¡YO!

(Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books: 1997)

I've been asked if this novel is a sequel to How The García Girls Lost Their Accents. Not at all. The García family and their immigration to the USA were the focus of the first novel. In this novel, the character of Yolanda serves as a sort of catalyst to bring forth stories from friends, family members, strangers who have a score to settle with her. In the course of telling their stories, these characters often reveal more about their own yos ("I" in Spanish) than about Yo.

Director Julia Solomonoff's sassy & funny movie based on the chapter titled, "The Suitor," aired on PBS in September 2005. Visit GiganticPictures.com for more on the film.


see also: Penguin Book Club Reading Guide

Yo! a novel by Julia Alvarez
see this book on Amazon.com: hardcover  *  paperback
en español: hardcover  *  paperback
or you may be able to get an autographed copy at
Middlebury College Bookstore or Vermont Book Shop
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How the García Girls
Lost Their Accents

(Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1991)

The four García sisters come to this country as young girls with their immigrant parents. Suddenly, they are swept up in the freewheeling American culture of the 60s (then, the 70s and 80s) with its dizzying choices and challenges. Somehow, they have to try to straddle this life with their Island/Latino culture as represented by Mami and Papi. What is lost, what is gained when a family leaves an old world to come to a new one?


see also: Penguin Book Club Reading Guide

further reading: "A Search for Identity in Julia Alvarez's How The García Girls Lost Their Accents," William Luis, in Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States (Nashville & London: Vanderbilt University Press, 1997)
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
see this book on Amazon.com:
hardcover  *  paperback
audio CD
en español: paperback
or you may be able to get an autographed copy at
Middlebury College Bookstore or Vermont Book Shop
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More Books by Julia Alvarez:

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Buy Books by Julia Alvarez

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find books by Julia Alvarez at your local bookstore: indiebound.org

at amazon.com

& at other favorite bookstores:

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powells.com

penguingroup.com

randomhouse.com

barnesandnoble.com

booksamillion.com

audiobookstand.com

The Middlebury College Store also offers to send you autographed copies of any of my books as long as they are in hard cover.


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