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Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has...
Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has...
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  • Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government's secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillo's dictatorship.
    Using the strength and courage of her family, Anita must overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving all that she once knew behind.
    From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl's struggle to be free.
    From the Hardcover edition.
 

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    Chapter 3
    Now that the SIM are gone and the Washburns are living next door, Mami and Papi decide we can go back to school.

    But first, Mami sits us down. "I don't want you talking about what happened with your friends, she warns.

    "Why not?" I want to know.

    Mami quotes one of Chucha's sayings, "'No flies fly into a closed mouth.'" The less said, the better. "And that includes talking to Susie and Sammy," Mami adds, eyeing Lucinda and me.

    Lucinda has become friends with Sammy's older sister, just as I have with Sammy. Poor Mundín is stuck without a new friend. But he says he doesn't care. Papi is giving him extra responsibility, taking him to work the days we aren't in school. Some nights after supper, Mundín gets to drive the car up and down all the driveways that connect the houses in the compound.

    "If anything happens to me," Papi says from time to time, ((you're the man of the house."

    "If he wants to be the man of the house, he's going to have to stop biting his nails," Mami says, breaking the tense silence that follows such remarks.

    The night before going back to school, I spend a long time picking out my outfit, as if I'm getting ready for the first day of classes. Finally, I settle on the parrot skirt Mami made me in imitation of the poodle skirt all the American girls are wearing. But even after everything is laid out, I feel apprehensive about going back. Everyone will be asking me why I've been absent for over two weeks. I myself don't understand why we weren't able to go to school just because the SIM were on our doorstep. After all, Papi still went to work every day. But Mami has refused to even discuss it.

    I go next door to Lucinda's room. My sister is setting her hair in rollers. Talk about torture! How can she sleep with those rods in her hair? For her outfit, she also picked out her skirt just like my parrot skirt, but she insisted on a poodle when Mami made hers.

    "Linda Lucinda," I butter her up. "What are we going to tell everyone at school? You know they're going to be asking us where we were."

    Lucinda sighs and rolls her eyes at herself in the mirror. She motions for me to come closer. "Don't talk in here," she whispers.

    "Why?" I say out loud.

    She gives me a disgusted look.

    "VAy?" I whisper in her ear.

    "Very funny," she says.

    I sit around until she's done with her rollers. Then she jerks her head for me to go out on the patio, where we can talk.

    "If people ask, just tell them we had the chicken pox, Lucinda says.

    "But we didn't."

    Lucinda closes her eyes until she regains her patience with me. "I know we didn't have the chicken pox, Anita. It's just a story, okayr,

    I nod. "But why didn't we really go to school?"

    Lucinda explains that after our cousins' departure, too many upsetting things have been happening and that's why Mami hasn't

    wanted us out of her sight. Raids by the SIM, like the one we had; arrests; accidents.

    "I heard Papi talking about some accident with butterflies or something, I tell her.

    "The Butterflies," Lucinda corrects me, nodding. "They were friends of Papi. He's really upset. Everyone is. Even the Americans are protesting."

    "Protesting what? Wasn't it a car accident?"

    Lucinda's rolls her eyes again at how little I know. "'Car accident" " she says, making quote marks in the air with her fingers, as if she doesn't really mean what she's saying.

    "You mean, they were-"

    "Shhh!" Lucinda hushes me.

    Suddenly, I understand. These women were murdered in a pre, tend accident! I shiver, imagining myself on the way to...

About the Author-

  • Julia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States at the age of 10. She now lives in Vermont, where she is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Twelve-year-old Anita is growing up in the Dominican Republic. It is a bounteous tropical paradise replete with a loving extended family and many friends. Yet, as Anita tells her diary, she is increasingly aware of her world's dangers for adults who disagree with the island's dictatorial leader. When her own family escapes to safety in New York, the situation of those left behind becomes even more perilous. Julia Alvarez offers an informative, personal introduction at the beginning of the audiobook, and goes on to do a fine job narrating her own fact-based young adult novel, which is an involving book for adults as well as young adults. She doesn't try to create many different voices but does make the men sound different from the women and the old different from the young. She reads with emotion and clarity, and her warm Latin accent is a pleasure to listen to. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 26, 2004
    In what PW
    called "pitch-perfect narration," in a starred review, a 12-year old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960 relates the terrors of her country's regime and the attempt to overthrow Trujillo's dictatorship. Ages 12-up.

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