FIRST EDITION OF HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS; SIGNED BY JULIA ALVAREZ
How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents.
Item Number: 1782
Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Press, 1991.
First edition of the author’s most well known work. Octavo. Signed by the author who has added a line from this work as follows: “I look in the dragonfly’s eyes and see the mountains over my shoulder….Julia Alvarez.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
This rollicking, highly original first novel tells the story (in reverse chronological order) of four sisters and their family, as they become Americanized after fleeing the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. A family of privilege in the police state they leave, the Garcias experience understandable readjustment problems in the United States, particularly old world patriarch Papi. The sisters fare better but grow up conscious, like all immigrants, of living in two worlds. There is no straightforward plot; rather, vignettes (often exquisite short stories in their own right) featuring one or more of the sisters--Carle, Sandi, Yolanda, and Fifi--at various stages of growing up are strung together in a smooth, readable story. Alvarez is a gifted, evocative storyteller of promise. "Subtle . . . Powerful . . . Reveals the intricacies of family, the impact of culture and place, and the profound power of language" (The Washington Post Book World).