A dictatorship, and the culture that emerges as a consequence, is a completely unfamiliar phenomenon to many North American readers. Alvarez’s novel presents both those defeated by the Trujillo machine and those who attempted to defy it. There are characters in this novel, like the Mirabal sisters’ father, who are eventually broken by the regime, and those whose spirits survive even after the regime has taken their lives.
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———. A Cafecito Story. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2001.
———. How Tía Lola Came to Stay. New York: Knopf Book for Young Readers, 2001.
———. In the Name of Salomé. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2000.
———. The Secret Footprints. New York: Knopf Book for Young Readers, 2000.
———. Something to Declare. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1998.
———. iYo! Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1997.
———. The Other Side/El Otro Lado. New York: Dutton, 1995.
———. In the Time of the Butterflies. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1994.
———. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 1991.
———. Homecoming: New and Collected Poems. New York: Grove Press, 1984.
———. The Housekeeping Book. Burlington: C.E.S. MacDonald, 1984.
Cruz, Angie. Soledad: A Novel. New York: Scribner, 2002.
Díaz, Junot. Drown. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996.
Perez, Loida Maritza. Geographies of Home. New York: Penguin, 2000.
Rosaria, Nelly. Song of the Water Saints. New York: Vintage, 2003.