Camila Henriquez Urena is about to retire from her longtime job teaching Spanish at Vassar College. Only now as she sorts through family papers does she begin to know the woman behind the legend of her mother, the revered Salome Urena, who died when Camila was three.
In stark contrast to Salome, who became the Dominican Republic's national poet at the age of seventeen, Camila has spent most of her life trying not to offend anybody. Her mother dedicated her life to educating young women to give them voice in their turbulent new nation; Camila has spent her life quietly and anonymously teaching the Spanish pluperfect to upper-class American girls with no notion of revolution, no knowledge of Salome Urena.
Now, in 1960, Camila must choose a final destination for herself. Where will she spend the rest of her days? News of the revolution in Cuba mirrors her own internal upheaval. In the process of deciding her future, Camila uncovers the truth of her mother's tragic personal life and, finally, finds a place for her own passion and commitment.
Julia Alvarez has won a large and devoted audience by brilliantly illuminating the history of modern Caribbean America through the personal stories of its people. As a Latina, as a poet and novelist, and as a university professor, Julia Alvarez brings her own experience to this exquisite story.
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In her restless and vibrant fourth novel, Alvarez (Yo!, 1997, etc.) turns to the historical figures of Salomé Ureña, former national poet of the Dominican Republic, and her daughter, Camila, a professor in the US, chronicling each woman’s lifelong struggle to define la patria and her obligation t...| Read Full Review of In the Name of Salome
Alvarez, who has written more than once about women in exile (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents) and women revolutionaries (In the Time of the Butterflies), and who is herself a poet, academic and exile, has found in Salom and Camila Ure$a her best topic yet.| Read Full Review of In the Name of Salome
In the Name of Salome, a vivacious historical novel by Julia Alvarez (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents) counterposes the voice of real-life revolutionary Salome Urena, the Dominican Republic's ''national poet'' who helped incite war against Spanish rule in the late 1800s, with that of ...Jun 23 2000 | Read Full Review of In the Name of Salome
Some books demand reading all at once, books where extraordinary excursions through time and place, and odysseys of the heart capture from the first page, and day turns to night before the reader lifts her eyes from the book.Jun 16 2000 | Read Full Review of In the Name of Salome
The two protagonists of this novel, Dominican national poet SalomÃ© UreÃ±a and her Cuban-raised daughter, SalomÃ© Camila HenrÃquez UreÃ±a, ask about the strength of the heart: "Is love stronger than anything else in the world?"| Read Full Review of In the Name of Salome
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