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Dominicana

Dominicana

‘A thrilling, necessary, and unforgettable portrait of what it means to be an immigrant’ Patricia Engel

Dominicana is beautiful, engaging, and cuts right to the heart of what it is to be a dutiful young female from a poor country who is bright in every sense of the word, full of love and hope’ Mary Gaitskill

Fifteen-year-old Ana Canción never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she must say yes. It doesn’t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by César, Juan’s free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay.

As the Dominican Republic slides into political turmoil, Juan returns to protect his family’s assets, leaving César to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, dance with César at the Audubon Ballroom, and imagine the possibility of a different kind of life in America. When Juan returns, Ana must decide once again between her heart and her duty to her family.

In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 5th September 2019

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781529304893

Reviews

Enthralling . . . Cruz's winning novel will linger in the reader's mind long after the close of the story
Publishers Weekly (starred)
Dominicana is a fearless novel
Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew
What a wonderful, nuanced, and insightful writer
Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother I’m Dying and Breath, Eyes, Memory
Angie Cruz is a luminary, and Dominicana feels so right for this moment
Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies
An essential read for our times
Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban
Cruz is a writer of such insight, such force. Dominicana is a book that grabs you
Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
This coming-of-age novel with its unforgettable young heroine takes on the pressing questions of the day - immigration, identity, the claim to Americanness - with a deceptively light touch and a whole lot of charm
Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Gorgeous writing. Gorgeous story
Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
Dominicana is beautiful, engaging, and cuts right to the heart of what it is to be a dutiful young female from a poor country who is bright in every sense of the word
Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare and Veronica
Angie Cruz is the reason I read
Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
A thrilling, necessary, and unforgettable portrait of what it means to be an immigrant
Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of The Ocean and Vida
Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed
Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair