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Fifteen-year-old Ana Canción 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. 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 César, 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 César 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 César, 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.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250205933
Call Number: FICTION CRUZ 2019
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 27, 2020

One does not really get a sense of life in the 1960s in New York City for a very young immigrant. Ironically, while a bleak picture is painted of patriarchy, the most important aspect of the young girl's life is her relationship with her brother-in-law.

STPL_Kerry Oct 23, 2020

This book left me with an ache in my chest (if you are looking for a little romance move along! It will have the complete opposite effect.) It was sad, depressing and frustrating....and so, so good. I read half of it in one sitting, and even then only put it down as I really needed to go to sleep. The story was inspired by the author's mother, yet I have no doubt it is still a contemporary one. Dominicana is a book that really resonates.

OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

Set in the 1960's, a Dominican teenager is sent to New York to marry a man she doesn't love for the benefit of her family still at home. Despite an unwelcoming environment, she carves out a place for herself and grows in surprising ways.

Nov 05, 2019

I was deeply moved by this story of a young girl's coming of age in New York City in the mid-1960s, grappling with family expectations, lack of prospects, and a domineering and unfaithful husband. Highly recommended.

Jul 18, 2019

Though this story covers just about a year of Ana's life, we see significant alterations in her life. Her life as a daughter in the Dominican Republic is transformed into life as a wife, seamstress, cook and more in New York City. The evocative descriptions of living across from the Audobon and finding her way around in her neighborhood are a beautiful backdrop to the story of Ana. Coincidentally this novel is set in the year I was born and that adds to my attachment as well. I definitely want to read more from Angie Cruz!

JCLGreggW Jun 05, 2019

A stunning coming-of-age tale of a determined young woman from the Dominican Republic, married and sent to live in New York City in the 60s, amid the social maelstroms of that era. Full of heart and passion, her journey from wide-eyed immigrant to self-confident woman is a must for book groups.


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