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A poignant and nuanced portrait of a Dominican teenager's arranged marriage and immigration to New York City in the 1960s
A story for now, an important story . . . told with incredible freshness * Martha Lane Fox, Chair of Judges, Women's Prize 2020 * Engrossing . . . the story itself and Ana, the protagonist are terrifically interesting. Loved this * Roxane Gay * Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed * Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair * The harsh reality of immigration is balanced with a refreshing dose of humour * The Times * This compassionate and ingenious novel has an endearing vibrancy in the storytelling that, page after page, makes it addictive reading * Irish Times * A . . . portrait of what it means to be doubly disenfranchised as a female illegal immigrant in an oppressively patriarchal community, but Angie Cruz gives her heroine a glimpse of a different life * Observer * Poignant . . . In nimble prose, Cruz animates the simultaneous reluctance and vivacity that define her main character as she attempts to balance filial duty with personal fulfilment, and contends with leaving one home to build another that is both for herself and for her family * New Yorker * An intimate portrait of the transactional nature of marriage and the economics of both womanhood and citizenship * New York Times Book Review * Cruz (who drew the story from her mother's experience) keeps the tone light, even comic, while expertly generating tension from the plot's mounting tally of secrets and lies * Metro * Sensational . . . At once tender, musical, and electric, this novel meditates on how immigrations shapes lives, from both without and within * Esquire * In Cruz's rendering, the inevitability of hardship and the excitement of new possibilities makes for an affectingly complex journey into adulthood. Expect this to mark the author's breakout * Entertainment Weekly * Cruz tells the story with a raucous sense of humour and writes in short, present-tense chapters that help make this a propulsive though heartbreaking read * BuzzFeed * This stunner of a novel thrums with vitality, a singular addition to the canon of immigration narratives, and introduces readers to the wonderfully complex and resilient Ana * Nylon * Eminently readable and offers an affecting exploration into the trade-off between autonomy and obligation * Evening Standard * An insightful and vibrant examination of what it means to be an immigrant . . . short present-tense chapters have the effect of forcing one to sit up and take notice that something real is happening here * Irish Examiner * Cruz uses beautiful, simple language, a dreamy brush, filling her novel with a sense of awe that perfectly complements her narrator * TLS *