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Julia Alvarez

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Destiny Case & Morgan Hawkins

on 25 January 2013

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Julia Alvarez By: Destiny Case and Morgan Hawkins Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist born in New York on March 27, 1950! When she was three months old, her parents - who were both natives to the Dominican Republic - decided to return to their homeland because they preferred the dictatorship of Raphael Trujillo to life in the United States of the early 1950s. Julia spent ten years of her child hood in the Dominican Republic. Who's this guy? Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina Dictator at the time Julia and her parents lived in the Dominican. He was... In 1960, Julia and her parents fled to the U.S. right before the founders of the rebellion were murdered. She would spend the remainder of her life in the United States! The Alvarez Family!! At first, Julia struggled at adapting to her new home. She found it difficult to adjust to a culture that was so different when compared to that of the Dominican Republic. She struggled with the English language, and said that she was picked on when she was young because of the way that she spoke. "Once again, my father got involved in the underground and soon my family was in deep trouble. We left hurriedly in 1960, four months before the founders of that underground, the Mirabal sisters, were brutally murdered by the dictatorship." As told in Julia's second novel published in 1994 In The Time of the Butterflies. "It's not like I didn't know some English at ten when we landed in New York City. But classroom English, heavily laced with Spanish, did not prepare me for the "barbaric yawp" of American English -- as Whitman calls it. I couldn't tell where one word ended and another began. I did pick up enough English to understand that some classmates were not very welcoming." Eventually, she was able to grow comfortable with the changes, and graduated from Middlebury College in 1971 and went on to earn her master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1975! Similar to the Garcia girls in Julia's first novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Because the cultural divide had such an impact on her when she was a little girl, it acts as a theme in many of her fictional novels, the first of which was How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, which she published in 1991. It was a huge commercial success and because of that she was able to become a writer who made a living writing rather than teaching as she had. "With the success of García Girls, I suddenly had the chance to be what I always wanted to be: a writer who earned her living at writing. But I'd also fallen in love with the classroom. I toiled and troubled about what to do. After several years of asking for semester leaves, I gave up my tenured post. Middlebury College kindly invited me to stay on as a writer-in-residence, advising students, teaching a course from time to time, giving readings." Today, she is known as a very successful writer who has published several books and poems. "So here I am living in the tropical Champlain Valley. (That's the way folks in the Northeast Kingdom refer to this part of Vermont!) I'm happily settled down with my compañero, Bill Eichner, on eleven acres which Bill farms, growing most of our vegetables and greens and apples and potatoes and even Asian pears organically, haying the back pasture, and planting so many berry-bearing trees and bushes we now have enough birdsong around here to keep me humble. Recently, he has added animals: cows, calves, rabbits, chickens. As a vegetarian, it is an odd adventure helping raise somebody else's meat. But if you are going to be a carnivore (or wear shoes or carry a handbag) this is the way to do it: conscionably with affection and care and abiding gratitude to the creatures who provide for us." Julia reading an excerpt from her second novel In The Time of the Butterflies! Getting to know her!! Now we'd like to give a shout out to all of our resources!
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