Ideas for Group Discussions
Bibliography and Further Reading
Alvarez, Julia. “Emerging from the Chrysalis: Julia Alvarez on Her Work.” Interview by Anne Sawyer. La Prensa de Minnesota 4 (November 10, 1994): 5-6. Alvarez talks about being a Latina writer and about others who have influenced her work.
Milanes, Cecilia Rodriguez. Review of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez. Women’s Review of Books 8 (July, 1991): 39. Milanes judges the book as noteworthy despite its flaws.
Miller, Susan. “Caught Between Two Cultures.” Newsweek 119, no. 16 (April 20, 1992): 78-79. Provides a discussion of the growing number of Latino and Latina writers finding a reading public.
Rifkind, Donna. Review of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez. The New York Times Book Review, October 6, 1991, p. 14. Sees the book’s strengths in its description of island life.
Starcevic, Elizabeth. “Talking About Language: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” American Book Review 14 (August-September, 1992): 15. Focuses upon the centrality of language in the book.
Stavans, Ilan. “Daughters of Invention: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” Commonweal 119 (April 10, 1992): 23-25. Points to the cultural ambivalence at the novel’s center.