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Dominicana

Narrated by: Coral Peña
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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A Good Morning America Cover to Cover Book Club Pick

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

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.

©2019 Angie Cruz (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lovely...[c]ompelling...[a]n 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)

"Poignant...[i]n 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)

"Ana’s engrossing, lyrically told story illuminates both the pain and the potential triumph of the immigrant experience." (People)

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  • MARLENNE
  • BRONX, NY, United States
  • 09-19-19

Dominicans in literature

As a Dominican American I relate to this book in so many ways. Fortunately, I was given the freedom of choice. Choice of a career, a choice of my life, a choice for love. Thank you Angie for writing this beautiful story. Many thanks to your mother for allowing you to share her story. I would actually love a sequel if this novel and find out how Ana Ruiz Canción evolves.

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Really enjoyed listening to the book and the author's interview at the end. A mispronunciation here and there by the reader. FYI, abuse triggers during the book.

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Love dominicana. Angie writing was very details and it transports you to the middle of the story. Love it

Thank you Angie can’t wait for the next book