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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents | Study Guide

Julia Alvarez

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Author

Julia Alvarez

Year Published

1991

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents is a collection of stories narrated in both first and third person from multiple characters' points of view, including each of the four García daughters.

Tense

Narrators of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents tell their stories in both the present and past tenses.

About the Title

In How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, the García girls are the four sisters the novel follows from childhood to adulthood. After they emigrate from the Dominican Republic to the United States as children, the girls grow accustomed to American life, learning English and forgetting Spanish, their native language. Eventually they lose the Spanish accents from their English speech. Because accented speech is a strong indicator of ties to another language and culture, the loss of the accent represents a distancing from cultural roots.

Alvarez invented the title when her editor asked her to summarize the book. Alvarez emphasizes that cultural transition is one of loss, saying the characters must "leave something behind" to join another culture.

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