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Dominicana (Paperback)

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Published: 20/08/2020
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Shortlisted 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
ISBN: 9781529304886
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A story for now, an important story . . . told with incredible freshness - Martha Lane Fox, Chair of Judges, Women's Prize 2020

Engrossing . . . the story itself and Ana, the protagonist are terrifically interesting. Loved this - Roxane Gay

Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed - Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair

The harsh reality of immigration is balanced with a refreshing dose of humour - The Times

This compassionate and ingenious novel has an endearing vibrancy in the storytelling that, page after page, makes it addictive reading - Irish Times

A . . . portrait of what it means to be doubly disenfranchised as a female illegal immigrant in an oppressively patriarchal community, but Angie Cruz gives her heroine a glimpse of a different life - Observer

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 - New Yorker

An intimate portrait of the transactional nature of marriage and the economics of both womanhood and citizenship - New York Times Book Review

Cruz (who drew the story from her mother's experience) keeps the tone light, even comic, while expertly generating tension from the plot's mounting tally of secrets and lies - Metro

Sensational . . . At once tender, musical, and electric, this novel meditates on how immigrations shapes lives, from both without and within - Esquire

In Cruz's rendering, the inevitability of hardship and the excitement of new possibilities makes for an affectingly complex journey into adulthood. Expect this to mark the author's breakout - Entertainment Weekly

Cruz tells the story with a raucous sense of humour and writes in short, present-tense chapters that help make this a propulsive though heartbreaking read - BuzzFeed

This stunner of a novel thrums with vitality, a singular addition to the canon of immigration narratives, and introduces readers to the wonderfully complex and resilient Ana - Nylon

Eminently readable and offers an affecting exploration into the trade-off between autonomy and obligation - Evening Standard

An insightful and vibrant examination of what it means to be an immigrant . . . short present-tense chapters have the effect of forcing one to sit up and take notice that something real is happening here - Irish Examiner

Cruz uses beautiful, simple language, a dreamy brush, filling her novel with a sense of awe that perfectly complements her narrator - TLS

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“Angie Cruz - Dominicana”

Ana has always been an extraordinarily pretty child, so when she becomes a teenager, her parents see this as a chance to escape their poor situation. At the age of fifteen, she is married to one of the Ruiz brothers,... More

Hardback edition
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Bella at Tenterden

“An important read from an #ownvoices author”

I was really excited to read Dominicana. I liked the sound of the premise, and I am keen to support own voices authors. I picked this one up and quickly fell into the story of Ana and her move from the Dominican... More

Hardback edition
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“Enjoyable but not unforgettable”

Thanks to John Murray and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this book.
This was an interesting and enjoyable exploration of the immigrant experience in 1960s New York. Not a lot really happened, which is where it... More

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