By Loida Maritza Pérez
Publish yr note: First released in 1999
After leaving the varsity she'd attended to flee her religiously conservative mom and dad, Iliana, a first-generation Dominican-American lady, returns domestic to Brooklyn to discover that her family members is falling aside: one sister is careening towards psychological cave in, one other sister resides in a decrepit construction together with her abusive husband and 3 kids, and a 3rd sister has easily disappeared.
In this dislocating city setting Iliana reluctantly confronts the anger and desperation that appear to seep via each crack of her family's small apartment, and studies the entire contradictions, superstitions, joys, and pains that come from a lifestyles stuck among cultures. during this extraordinary debut novel, jam-packed with swish prose and searing aspect, Loida Maritza Pérez bargains a penetrating portrait of the yank immigrant event as she explores the genuine meanings of id, family—and domestic.
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