A story based on Dominican folklore, about ciguapas, a tribe of beautiful underwater people whose feet are attached backward, with toes pointing in the direction from which they have come.
The book is a collection of twenty-four autobiographical essays of the author. In the book she describes her beautiful childhood in the Dominican Republic and her difficulties when she grew up.
75 poems weave together the narrative of a woman's inner life, Julia Alvarez's own clear voice that sings out in every line.
ALA Notable Book. Yolanda Garcia has managed to put herself at the center of many lives. Each part of this novel is told from the viewpoint of one of those first tangled in her web and now frozen in the spotlight her literary fame has generated. While everybody from her three sisters to her third husband attempts to sort out Yo's character, motivations, and behavior, Yo herself never speaks on her own behalf, even though, in her native Spanish, her nickname means "I." "A literary dance...lively and engaging."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.
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