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Angie Cruz



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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020 'A story for now; an important story . . . told with incredible freshness' Martha Lane Fox; Chair of Judges; Women's Prize 2020 'The harsh reality of immigration is balanced with a refreshing dose of humour' The Times 'This compassionate and ingenious novel has an endearing vibrancy in the storytelling that; page after page; makes it addictive reading' Irish Times 'Engrossing . . . the story itself and Ana; the protagonist are terrifically interesting. Loved this' Roxane Gay 'This book is a valentine to my mom and all the unsung Dominicanas like her; for their quiet heroism in making a better life for their families; often at a hefty cost to themselves. Even if Dominicana is a Dominican story; it's also a New York story; and an immigrant story. When I read parts of Dominicana at universities and literary venues both here and abroad; each time; audience members from all cultures and generations came up to me and said; this is my mother's story; my sister's story; my story' Angie Cruz Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion 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 must say yes. It doesn't matter that he is twice her age; that there is no love between them. 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 Cesar; 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 Cesar to take care of Ana. Suddenly; Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church; lie on the beach at Coney Island; dance with Cesar at the Audubon Ballroom; 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. In bright; musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City; Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.


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