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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents | Study Guide

Julia Alvarez

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Sofía, Part 3, “The Blood of the Conquistadores,” Section 2 ike we’re all competing, right?For the most haunted past. Sources: American Booksellers Association, Atlantic Online,, Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Power & Limits of Language Communication becomes complex in a bilingual world. FamilyRelationships Sister, daughter, mother, wife: each label is a new identity. Acculturation & Assimilation The Garcías absorb the new culture and then lose the old one. Themes Confident, vivacious youngest sister; defiant family troublemaker Sofía Emotional, artistically inclined student; struggles with her self-image Sandra Calm, levelheaded, take-charge oldest sister; works as a child psychologist Carla Curious, intelligent poet and teacher with a history of troubled relationships Yolanda Main Characters Alvarez has written about homeland, exile, family, quinceañeras, and women who stand up to dictators. After moving to New York City from the Dominican Republic as a child, she learned American English and found a home in “the grand democracy of books.” She cofounded Dominican farm and literacy center Alta Gracia. JULIA ALVAREZBORN 1950 Author The grown García sisters see their home country in a different light. Going Home Again? As immigrants, the Garcías navigate two worlds, languages, and cultures. Troubled Transition The narrative moves backward as the sisters retell their life stories. Searching for Beginnings The García girls enjoyed wealth in the Dominican Republic, but the four sisters are lonely immigrants in New York until they discover their newfound independence isn’t bad. Will they lose touch with their heritage as they journey from the busy present to the magical past? Four Sisters,No Homeland OVERVIEW English Original Language 1991 Year Published Julia Alvarez Author How the García GirlsLost Their Accents Fiction Novel

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