Once upon a Quinceanera Coming of Age in the USA

ISBN-10: 0452288304
ISBN-13: 9780452288300
Edition: N/A
Authors: Julia Alvarez
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Description: A phenomenal, indispensable (USA Today) exploration of the Latina sweet fifteen celebration, by the bestselling author of How the Garca Girls Lost Their Accents The quinceaera, a celebration of a Latina girls fifteenth birthday, has become a  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

A phenomenal, indispensable (USA Today) exploration of the Latina sweet fifteen celebration, by the bestselling author of How the Garca Girls Lost Their Accents The quinceaera, a celebration of a Latina girls fifteenth birthday, has become a uniquely American trend. This lavish party with ball gowns, multi-tiered cakes, limousines, and extravagant meals is often as costly as a prom or a wedding. But many Latina girls feel entitled to this rite of passage, marking a girls entrance into womanhood, and expect no expense to be spared, even in working-class families. Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez explores the history and cultural significance of the quince in the United States, and the consequences of treating teens like princesses. Through her observations of a quince in Queens, interviews with other quince girls, and the memories of her own experience as a young immigrant, Alvarez presents a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of a rapidly growing multicultural phenomenon, and passionately emphasizes the importance of celebrating Latina womanhood.

Julia Alvarez is a writer and a poet. She was born in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez wrote novels and poetry including How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and In the Time of the Butterflies. Her poetry is collected in the book The Other Side of El Otro Lado. Alverez won the PEN Oakland/Jefferson Miles Award for excellence in 1991 for How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent and was nominated for the 1995 National Book Critics Circle Award for In the Time of the Butterflies.

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