Dominicana (Hardback)Angie Cruz (author)
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This moving, exceptional story dives deep into the realities of female immigrant experience and the economics of marriage and citizenship. Following the personal sacrifices of 15-year-old Ana, Dominicana explores the crushing choices between family duty and individual freedom, weaving together despair and hope in dazzling, powerful prose.
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
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 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 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, dance with Cesar 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.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 218 x 138 x 36 mm
'Poignant ... In nimble prose, Cruz animates the simultaneous reluctance and vivacity that define her main character as she attempts to balance filial duty with personal fulfilment, and contends with leaving one home to build another that is both for herself and for her family' - The New Yorker
'An intimate portrait of the transactional nature of marriage and the economics of both womanhood and citizenship' - The New York Times Book Review
'Angie Cruz is the reason I read' - Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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