Reading Julia Alvarez

Reading Julia Alvarez

Reading Julia Alvarez

Reading Julia Alvarez

Synopsis

The complete set of self-help guides from the popular Overcoming series. Each guide is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based therapy which is recommended by the NHS for the treatment of a large number of psychological difficulties. Each guide comprises a step-by-step self-help programme based on CBT and contains:-Useful information about the disorder-Practical strategies and techniques based on CBT-Advice on how to keep recovery going-Further resources

Excerpt

With the publication of her first novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, in 1991, Julia Alvarez achieved fame as a popular writer and a novelist worthy of critical notice. Her fiction has been translated into several European languages, Korean, and Turkish in addition to Spanish. Her second novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, was dramatized in an award-winning made-for-television movie, and a stage play based on How the García Girls Lost Their Accents debuted in 2008. In 2002, Alvarez received the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, and in 2009, she received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award, an honor she shares with such writers as William Styron and John Updike.

Julia Alvarez is, above all, a good storyteller, and the role of storytelling is an important theme in all of her work. Her stories are anchored in life experience—as an immigrant, a latecomer to the English language, and a latecomer to success. With one foot in the Dominican Republic and one foot in the United States, Alvarez writes about Latina women. Her characters find ways to reconcile competing cultural values and allegiances, largely without role models for the new pathways they tread. Elements of this story emerge in her poetry and nonfiction as well as her fiction for adults and young readers.

Alvarez established her reputation with her novels for adults, publishing five between 1991 and 2006: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, ¡ Yo!, In the Name of Salomé, and Saving the World. Since 2000, she has established an equally solid reputation as a writer for young readers. Two of her novels for young readers, Before We Were Free (2002) and Return to Sender (2009), have received the Pura Belpré Award. She has published three picture books telling legends from the Dominican Republic. Less easily classified is Alvarez’s . . .

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