Julia Alvarez

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How good are her novels? That's all.

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This is obviously a question that could have a lot of varied answers, but I think that Julia Alvarez has done a great job of proving that she is a novelist of literary merit. She has a unique and creative voice and is inventive in her style. Her two most famous novels are probably How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and In the Time of the ButterfliesI will talk about the later novel a little bit as evidence of Alvarez's talent.

This novel is the story of four sisters who grew up under the dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic in the 1950's and 60's. One interesting feature of the novel...

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