What is the theme of "The Kiss" in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents?
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez presents the histories of the four García sisters in a series of connected short stories, revealing their struggles and origins through a reverse chronology.
Their father, Carlos García, was compelled to leave the Dominican Republic and flee to the United States after a failed rebellion against the Trujillo dictatorship. There, the family had to quickly adjust to American culture, which by the 1960s was undergoing its own upheaval. To bring life to the sisters and their struggles, Alvarez drew from her personal experiences, which she describes in her essay "An American Childhood in the Dominican Republic."
As the García sisters grow up in the United States, they must negotiate identities between two cultures. Alvarez explores many themes: immigration, political exile, personal and cultural identity, race, socioeconomic class, assimilation and expectations for the second generation, the importance of memory and history, the...
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