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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

The following review praises How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, alternately describing the novel as "a tour de force, " "delightful," and "brilliant. "

In the mood for a Dominican author writing in English? You are likely to find only one: Julia Alvarez, who left her country at ten and now lives and teaches at Middlebury College. Besides a book of poetry published in 1986 (intriguingly titled Homecoming), she is the writer of this delightful novel, a tour de force that holds a unique place in the context of the ethnic literature from which it emerges. In the age of affirmative action in life and literature, those looking for themes like drug addiction, poverty, and Hispanic stereotypes are in for a surprise. Much in the tradition of nineteenth-century Russian realism, and in the line of the genuine "porcelain" narrative creations of Nina Berberova, How the Garda Girls Lost Their Accents...

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