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DOMINICANA

Angie Cruz

  • Original Title: DOMINICANA
  • Publication date: September 2019
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Country: US
  • 336 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Dominican Republic, United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Marriage, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Exile, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Discriminations, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism, Integration, CHARACTERS, Minorities, Couple, Infidelity, Emancipation, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Inequality, Power, LOVE / HATE, Harassment, Amorous urge, Strong Female Character

Pitch

A novel about a teenage girl's arranged marriage to a man twice her age, and her journey from the Dominican Republic to New York City in the 1960s. Inspired by the story of the author's mother.

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Translation rights sold: UK, Italy, Spain

Publishing rights were acquired at auction, in a two-book deal. The second book in this deal is THE IMMIGRANT'S HANDBOOK.

A Good Morning America Book Club pick
Longlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize

Angie Cruz is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and received her MFA from New York University. Her fiction and activist work have earned her the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award, and the Bronx Writers' Center Van Lier Literary Fellowship. She is working on the screenplay for her book SOLEDAD, optioned by Nueva York Productions.

Summary

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 portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.


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  • Author’s biography

    Angie Cruz (born in 1972) is an American writer. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and received her MFA from New York University. Her fiction and activist work have earned her the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award, and the Bronx Writers' Center Van Lier Literary Fellowship. She is working on the screenplay for her book SOLEDAD, optioned by Nueva York Productions.