Dominicana: A Novel - Hardcover
Dominicana: A Novel
Author Angie Cruz
Named a Most Anticipated Book by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, O Magazine, Time, Real Simple, Chicago Review of Books, Kirkus Reviews, Nylon, BuzzFeed, Lit Hub, The Millions, Instyle, Bustle, Refinery29, Hello Giggles, AARP, Domino
“Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed.” —Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair
“Gorgeous writing, gorgeous story.” —Sandra Cisneros
Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn’t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by Cesar, Juan’s free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay.
As the Dominican Republic slides into political turmoil, Juan returns to protect his family’s assets, leaving Cesar to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, see a movie at Radio City Music Hall, go dancing with Cesar, and imagine the possibility of a different kind of life in America. When Juan returns, Ana must decide once again between her heart and her duty to her family.
In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Angie Cruz's Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books; 1st Edition edition (September 3, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125020593X
- ISBN-13: 33
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- #295 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
- Author: Angie Cruz
“Lovely…Compelling…An intimate portrait of the transactional nature of marriage and the economics of both womanhood and citizenship, one all too familiar to many first-generation Americans.”
―The New York Times Book Review
“Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed.”
―Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair
“Poignant…In nimble prose, Cruz animates the simultaneous reluctance and vivacity that define her main character as she attempts to balance filial duty with personal fulfillment, and contends with leaving one home to build another that is both for herself and for her family.”
―The New Yorker
"Triumphant...The journey of Ana Canción is one of the most evocative and empowering immigrant stories of our time."
“Ana’s engrossing, lyrically told story illuminates both the pain and the potential triumph of the immigrant experience.”
“Sensational…At once tender, musical, and electric, this novel meditates on how immigrations shapes lives, from both without and within.”
“The heroine of this wondrous fish-out-of-water story tries to hold steady, knowing ‘a well-placed rock in a river changes the current.'”
―O, the Oprah Magazine
“In Cruz’s rendering, the inevitability of hardship and the excitement of new possibilities makes for an affectingly complex journey into adulthood. Expect this to mark the author’s breakout.”
“At 15 years old, Ana marries the much older Juan and moves to 1965 New York City so that her family back in the Dominican Republic might have a better life. Just when she’s having second thoughts about her new existence and loveless marriage, she begins forming a bond with Juan’s brother, Cesar. Cruz delves into the tough choices that follow in this beautiful literary novel.”
―The Washington Post
“Told in first person, in an unadorned voice both childlike and wise, Dominicana takes us inside the mind of its very young narrator…And a small miracle happens in the book’s pages…a woman bravely setting forth on a new life, finding and conquering America on her own newly learned terms, and facing a future as hopeful as an infant’s bright eyes.”
―The Baltimore Sun