Dominicana by Angie Cruz

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 8/15/19-8/19/19

If you live in the United States (or really at this point, the US has made a name for themselves across the globe), you have heard quite a bit about illegal immigration. This book talks about a Dominican girl in the 1960s as she tells her story of immigrating the US. One of the reasons why I love BOTM is that it gives me a chance to understand other people and continue to grow as a person, so here’s what I thought.

At 15, Dominican Ana finds herself married off to a Dominican emigrant, Juan. He brings her to New York, where he expects her to cook and clean and take care of the house. Expecting that his marriage won’t be the end of his relationship with former employer and current lover, Caridad, Juan begins to abuse Ana. Ana becomes pregnant, and she has to figure out how she is going to take care of the child despite her husband’s temper. When Juan’s businesses begin to degrade during the riots in the Dominican Republic, Juan takes the first plane back, leaving Ana with his brother, César. As their friendship blossoms, Ana finds that she is becoming stronger, and that she won’t take the pain that she was taking from Juan. But as life becomes more complicated, Ana must make the most difficult decisions to better her life.

The way this story is set up is a little strange, but I really enjoyed the story. It is very contemporary, and I can’t fit it into any other genre. It is dark at times, but it is also incredibly beautiful and eye-opening. For anybody who wants to understand what immigration is like, this is a beautiful story of one woman’s journey. The style isn’t my favorite, and it sometimes feels a little disjointed and confusing, but the weight of the story overwhelmed that feeling for me.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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