Geographies of Home by LoidaMaritza Perez

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After leaving the college she'd attended to escape her religiously conservative parents, Iliana, a first-generation Dominican-American woman, returns home to Brooklyn to find that her family is falling apart: one sister is careening toward mental collapse, another sister is living in a decrepit building with her abusive husband and three children, and a third sister has simply disappeared. In this dislocating urban environment Iliana reluctantly confronts the anger and desperation that seem to seep through every crack of her family's small house, and experiences all the contradictions, superstitions, joys, and pains that come from a life caught between two cultures. In this magnificent debut novel, filled with graceful prose and searing detail, Loida Maritza Pérez offers a penetrating portrait of the American immigrant experience as she explores the true meanings of identity, family--and home.
 

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Loida Maritza Perez was born in the Dominican Republic in 1963. She lives in New York City.
 
Published March 1, 2000 by Penguin Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Heavy doses of melodrama and a penchant for overexplaining its characters' experiences blunt the impact of this ambitious first novel about a Dominican American family struggling to survive—and rapidly falling apart—in contemporary New York City.

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Out of the conflicting claims of family bonds, ethnic heritage and personal fulfillment, debut author Perez creates a rhapsodic narrative. It is a story much like Dominican Republic native Perez's own

Mar 01 1999 | Read Full Review of Geographies of Home

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Out of the conflicting claims of family bonds, ethnic heritage and personal fulfillment, debut author Perez creates a rhapsodic narrative. It is a story much like Dominican Republic native Perez's own

Mar 01 1999 | Read Full Review of Geographies of Home

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