How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents is by Julia Alvarez. A masterful selection of short vignettes centering on the Garcia De La Torre family who must flee the Dominican Republic when their father's part in overthrowing the dictatorial government is uncovered. These stories cover the four Garcia daughters, their parents, and an assortment of relatives and friends as they attempt to adjust to life in America and the challenges of their family's past. A look at a family caught between two worlds. A classic must read.
Ratings: 9th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content).