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