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In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Cruz's 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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ISBN 9781250205933
Barcode 9781250205933
Release Date 3 September 2019 by Flatiron Books
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Cruz, Angie
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ISBN-13 9781250205933
ISBN-10 125020593X
Stock Release date is 3 September 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 3 Sep 2019
Publisher Flatiron Books
Imprint Flatiron Books
Release Date 3 September 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cruz, Angie
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 998179

Description of this Book

From IMPAC Dublin Award finalist Angie Cruz, an urgent, beautifully told novel about a Dominican teenager's arranged marriage and immigration to New York City, set against the political turmoil of the 1960s. Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion 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 has to 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 Cesar, 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 Cesar to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, see a movie at Radio City Music Hall, go dancing with Cesar, 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for Dominicana I have been eagerly waiting for a new book from Cruz. So glad the time has come. --Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother I'm Dying and Breath, Eyes, Memory A tale from that island called girlhood. Cruz describes this shipwrecked age with giddy accuracy. A season of hope, vulnerability, and disaster. Especially for a girl of color. 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, full of love and hope. --Mary Gaitskill, author of The Mare and Veronica From the very first sentence of Dominicana, we remember why we've missed Cruz. 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 Cruz is a hero, a heartbreaker, and a visionary. Dominicana is a thrilling, necessary portrait of what it means to be an immigrant in America. --Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of The Ocean and Vida This story feels so right for this moment. Cruz captures the texture and tenor of being an immigrant woman, caught between worlds and loyalties. --Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of The Butterflies Cruz shows how a moment in one country can reverberate for years in another. Dominicana is a fearless novel, laying bare the bewildering decisions made and revisited throughout the uncertain process of immigration and long after it ends. --Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Angie Cruz is the author of the novels Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist in 2007 for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published work in The New York Times, VQR, Gulf Coast Literary Journal, and other publications, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She is founder and editor in chief of Aster(ix), a literary and arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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